Models at different levels

Read before class on Thursday, October 8, 2020

Colunga, E., & Smith, L. B. (2005). From the lexicon to expectations about kinds: a role for associative learning. Psychological Review, 112, 347—382.

  • Read the introduction, Experiments 1-3, and the discussion and conclusion. Your goal should be to understand what the phenemon being modeled is, how the model works, and what the basic results are.

Kemp, C., Perfors, A., & Tenenbaum, J. B. (2007). Learning overhypotheses with hierarchical Bayesian models.. Developmental Science, 10, 307—321.

  • You can skip the section on ontological kinds. Your goal should again be to understand what the model is doing and why it produces the results it does.

The primary goal this week is to think about the relationship between these two models. How are they the same? How are they different? Are there reasons to prefer one to the other? Are there some things that one does better than the other?