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Author Thornton, Christopher James.

Title Truth from trash : how learning makes sense / Chris Thornton.

Imprint Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, ©2000.
Publication Info. ©2000


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Description 1 online resource (x, 204 pages) : illustrations.
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series Complex adaptive systems
Complex adaptive systems.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-201) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Preface -- 1. The Machine That Could Learn Anything -- 2. Consider Thy Neighbor -- 3. Kepler on Mars -- 4. The Information Chicane -- 5. Fence-and-Fill Learning -- 6. Turing and the Submarines -- 7. The Relational Gulf -- 8. The Supercharged Learner -- 9. David Hume and the Crash of '87 -- 10. Phases of Compression -- 11. Protorepresentational Learning -- 12. The Creativity Continuum -- References -- Index.
Summary This study of learning in autonomous agents offers a bracing intellectual adventure. Chris Thornton makes the compelling claim that learning is not a passive discovery operation but an active process involving creativity on the part of the learner. Although theorists of machine learning tell us that all learning methods contribute some form of bias and thus involve a degree of creativity, Thornton carries the idea much further. He describes an incremental process, recursive relational learning, in which the results of one learning step serve as the basis for the next. Very high-level recodings are then substantially the creative artifacts of the learner's own processing. Lower-level recodings are more "objective" in that their properties are more severely constrained by the source data. Thornton sees consciousness as a process at the outer fringe of relational learning, just prior to the onset of creativity. According to this view, we cannot assume consciousness to be an exclusively human phenomenon, but rather the expected feature of any cognitive mechanism able to engage in extended flights of relational learning. Thornton presents key background material in an entertaining manner, using extensive mental imagery and a minimum of mathematics. Anecdotes and dialogue add to the text's informality.
Language English.
Access Access restricted to York University faculty, staff and students.
Subject Machine learning.
COMPUTERS -- Enterprise Applications -- Business Intelligence Tools.
COMPUTERS -- Intelligence (AI) & Semantics.
Machine learning. (OCoLC)fst01004795
Maschinelles Lernen
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Thornton, Christopher James. Truth from trash. Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, ©2000 0262201275 (DLC) 99016505 (OCoLC)41540133
ISBN 0585263809 (electronic bk.)
9780585263809 (electronic bk.)
0262201275 (hc. ; alk. paper)
Standard No. AU@ 000051418872
DEBBG BV042963541
DEBSZ 422524859
GBVCP 799433500
NZ1 13074328

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