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Similarity and Categorization

Ulrike Hahn and Michael Ramscar


Understanding how objects are partitioned into useful groups to form concepts is important to most disciplines. Concepts allow us to treat different objects equivalently according to shared attributes, and hence to communicate about, draw inferences from, reason with, and explain these objects. Understanding how concepts are formed and used is thus essential to understanding and applying these basic processes, and the topic of similarity-based classification is central to psychology, artificial intelligence, statistics, and philosophy. This book provides an interdisciplinary overview of this a ... More

Keywords: shared attributes, similarity-based classification, psychology, artificial intelligence, statistics, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198506287
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198506287.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ulrike Hahn, editor
University of Wales, Cardiff

Michael Ramscar, editor
University of Edinburgh

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