integrating Marker Passing and Problem Solving

A Spreading Activation Approach To Improved Choice in Planning

By James A. Hendler

© 1987 – Psychology Press

318 pages

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Hardback: 9780898599824
pub: 1987-11-01
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About the Book

A recent area of interest in the Artificial Intelligence community has been the application of massively parallel algorithms to enhance the choice mechanism in traditional AI problems. This volume provides a detailed description of how marker-passing -- a parallel, non-deductive, spreading activation algorithm -- is a powerful approach to refining the choice mechanisms in an AI problem-solving system.

The author scrutinizes the design of both the algorithm and the system, and then reviews the current literature and research in planning and marker passing. Also included: a comparison of this computer model with some standard cognitive models, and a comparison of this model to the "connectionist" approach.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foundations. Introduction. On Problem-Solving and Planning. On Marker-Passing and Spreading Activation. Integrating Marker-Passing and Problem-Solving -- The Inside Story. Inside the Path Evaluator. Designing a Marker-Passer. C-SCRAPS -- Adding Concurrency. Cognitive Aspects. On Marker-Passing and Connectionism. SCRAPS in Action. Conclusion.

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Artificial Intelligence Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology