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Information Theory and Representation in Associative Word Learning

By Brendan Burns, Charles Sutton, Clayton Morrison and Paul Cohen


A significant portion of early language learning can be viewed as an associative learning problem. We investigate the use of associative language learning based on the principle that words convey Shannon information about the environment. We discuss the shortcomings in representation used by previous associative word learners and propose a functional representation that not only denotes environmental categories, but serves as the basis for activities and interaction with the environment. We present experimental results with an autonomous agent acquiring language

Topics: Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics
Publisher: Lund University Cognitive Studies
Year: 2003
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