A Solution to the Binding Problem for Compositional Connectionism

John E. Hummel, Keith J. Holyoak, C. Green, Alex Doumas, D Devnich, A Kittur, D.J Kalar

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Achieving compositional connectionism means finding a way to represent role-filler bindings in a connectionist system without sacrificing role-filler independence. Role-filler binding schemes based on varieties of conjunctive coding (the most common approach in the connectionist literature) fail to preserve role-filler independence. At the same time, dynamic binding of roles to fillers (e.g., by synchrony of firing) represents bindings without sacrificing independence, but is inadequate for storing bindings in long-term memory. An appropriate combination of dynamic binding (for representation in working memory) and conjunctive coding (for long-term storage and token formation) provides a platform for compositional connectionism, and has proven successful in simulating numerous aspects of human perception and
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCompositional Connectionism in Cognitive Science: Papers from the AAAI Fall Symposium
EditorsS.D Levy, R Gayler
PublisherAAAI Press
ISBN (Print)978-1-57735-214-3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004


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