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Research Paper #456

Title:The Emergence of Higher Levels of Description
Date:Dec 1989
Presented:In Proceedings of 2nd Irish Conference on AI and Cog. Science, Dublin City University, pp. 169-187, 1989
Abstract:This paper considers what is involved in the emergence of higher levels of description. It suggests that we can think of the entities making up a particular level of description as virtual entities and argues that concept learning involves forming representations of degenerate virtual entities. These are virtual entities which play no role in the emergence of higher levels of description. The paper also explores the way in which the formation of intermediate levels of description allows an agent to trade off computational costs against representational costs.

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