Accession Number : ADA140877

Title :   Harmony Theory: Problem Solving, Parallel Cognitive Models, and Thermal Physics.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA UNIV SAN DIEGO LA JOLLA INST FOR COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : Smolensky,P ; Riley,M S

PDF Url : ADA140877

Report Date : Apr 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : The first paper describes a parallel model designed to solve a class of relatively simple problems from elementary physics, and discusses the implications for models of problem solving in general. The authors show how one of the most salient features of problem solving, sequentiality, can emerge naturally within a parallel model that has no explicit knowledge of how to sequence analysis. This model exploits a new type of parallel distributed processing that employs stochastic processors and is based on a formal mapping between parallel computation and thermal physics. The mathematical theory is this type of processing-harmony theory-is discussed in the second and third papers. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Mathematical models, *Harmonics, *Problem solving, Thermal properties, Physics, Circuits, Sequences, Parallel processing, Computations, Stochastic processes

Subject Categories : Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE