The Adaptive Nature of Human Categorization

  title={The Adaptive Nature of Human Categorization},
  • R.
  • Published 1991
A rational model of human categorization behavior is presented that assumes that categorization reflects the derivation of optimal estimates of the probability of unseen features of objects. A Bayesian analysis is performed of what optimal estimations would be if categories formed a disjoint partitioning of the object space and if features were independently displayed within a category. This Bayesian analysis is placed within an incremental categorization algorithm. The resulting rational model… CONTINUE READING
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