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Supporting the Use of External Representations in Problem Solving: the Need for Flexible Learning Environments
, 1995
"... External representations (ERs) are effective in reasoning due to their cognitive and semantic properties. We investigated subjects' use of ERs in their solutions to analytical reasoning problems. Two sources of data were analysed. The first consisted of a large corpus of ERs (`workscratchings') used ..."
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External representations (ERs) are effective in reasoning due to their cognitive and semantic properties. We investigated subjects' use of ERs in their solutions to analytical reasoning problems. Two sources of data were analysed. The first consisted of a large corpus of ERs (`workscratchings') used by students in their solutions to problems administered via paper and pencil tests. The second source of data was collected using switchER, a computerbased system that administered the problems, provided a range of ER construction environments for the subject to choose between and which dynamically logged usersystem interactions. SwitchER was developed in order to study the process and timecourse of ER use and to investigate the mechanisms (such as ER switching) by which subjects resolve impasses in reasoning. The results showed great diversity of ER use across subjects, allowing the utility of various ERs under differing task conditions to be studied. The range of ERs used by subjects ...
A Diagrammatic Formal System for Euclidean Geometry
, 2001
"... It has long been commonly assumed that geometric diagrams can only be used as aids to human intuition and cannot be used in rigorous proofs of theorems of Euclidean geometry. This work gives a formal system FG whose basic syntactic objects are geometric diagrams and which is strong enough to formali ..."
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It has long been commonly assumed that geometric diagrams can only be used as aids to human intuition and cannot be used in rigorous proofs of theorems of Euclidean geometry. This work gives a formal system FG whose basic syntactic objects are geometric diagrams and which is strong enough to formalize most if not all of what is contained in the first several books of Euclid’s Elements. Thisformal system is much more natural than other formalizations of geometry have been. Most correct informal geometric proofs using diagrams can be translated fairly easily into this system, and formal proofs in this system are not significantly harder to understand than the corresponding informal proofs. It has also been adapted into a computer system called CDEG (Computerized Diagrammatic Euclidean Geometry) for giving formal geometric proofs using diagrams. The formal system FG is used here to prove metamathematical and complexity theoretic results about the logical structure of Euclidean geometry and the uses of diagrams in geometry.
Cognitive processes in prepositional reasoning
 Psychological Review
, 1983
"... Propositional reasoning is the ability to draw conclusions on the basis of sentence connectives such as and, if, or, and not. A psychological theory of prepositional reasoning explains the mental operations that underlie this ability. The ANDS (A Natural Deduction System) model, described in the fol ..."
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Propositional reasoning is the ability to draw conclusions on the basis of sentence connectives such as and, if, or, and not. A psychological theory of prepositional reasoning explains the mental operations that underlie this ability. The ANDS (A Natural Deduction System) model, described in the following pages, is one such theory that makes explicit assumptions about memory and control in deduction. ANDS uses natural deduction rules that manipulate propositions in a hierarchically structured working memory and that apply in either a forward or a backward direction (from the premises of an argument to its conclusion or from the conclusion to the premises). The rules also allow suppositions to be introduced during the deduction process. A computer simulation incorporating these ideas yields proofs that are similar to those of untrained subjects, as assessed by their decisions and explanations concerning the validity of arguments. The model also provides an account of memory for proofs in text and can be extended to a theory of causal connectives. The importance of deductive reasoning lo
Voting in the Medieval Papacy and Religious Orders
"... We take institutions seriously as both a rational response to dilemmas in which agents found themselves and a frame to which later rational agents adapted their behaviour in turn. Medieval corporate bodies knew that they needed choice procedures. Although the social choice advances of ancient Greece ..."
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We take institutions seriously as both a rational response to dilemmas in which agents found themselves and a frame to which later rational agents adapted their behaviour in turn. Medieval corporate bodies knew that they needed choice procedures. Although the social choice advances of ancient Greece and Rome were not rediscovered until the high middle ages, the rational design of choice institutions predated their rediscovery and took some new paths. Both Ramon Lull (ca 12321316) and Nicolaus of Cusa (a.k.a Cusanus; 140164) made contributions which had been believed to be centuries more recent. Lull promotes the method of pairwise comparison, and proposes the Copeland rule to select a winner. Cusanus proposes the Borda rule, which should properly be renamed the Cusanus rule. Voting might be needed in any institution ruled by more than one person, where decisions could not simply be handed down from above. Medieval theologians no doubt believed that God’s word was handed down from above; but they well knew that they often had to decide among rival human interpretations of it. The Church faced its own decision problem every time a new Pope needed to be elected. Bodies not directly in the hierarchy of the Church had to evolve their own decision procedures. The chief such bodies were commercial and urban corporations; religious orders; and universities. Voting in the Medieval Papacy and Religious Orders 1.
Seeing and Visualizing: It's Not What You Think  An Essay on Vision and Imagination
, 1998
"... this article (although this distinction is the subject of extensive discussion in Pylyshyn, 1984a, Chapter 7). This informal characterization and the following example will have to do for present purposes. To make this point in a more concrete way, I invented a somewhat frivolous but revealing examp ..."
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this article (although this distinction is the subject of extensive discussion in Pylyshyn, 1984a, Chapter 7). This informal characterization and the following example will have to do for present purposes. To make this point in a more concrete way, I invented a somewhat frivolous but revealing example, involving a certain mystery box of unknown construction whose pattern of behavior has been assiduously recorded (Pylyshyn, 1984a). This box is known to emit long and short pulses with a reliable recurring pattern. The pattern (illustrated in Figure 61) can be described as follows: pairs of short pulses usually precede single short pulses, except when a pair of longshort pulses occurs first. In this example it turns out that the observed regularity, though completely regular when the box is in its "ecological niche," is not due to the nature of the box (to how it is constructed) but to an entirely extrinsic reason. These two sorts of "reasons" for the observed pattern (intrinsic or extrinsic) are analogous to the architecture versus tacit knowledge distinction and is crucial to understanding why the box works the way it does, as well as to why certain patterns of cognition occur. 69 Figure 61. Pattern of blips observed from a box in its typical mode of operation. The question is: Why does it exhibit this pattern of behavior? What does this behavior tell us about how it works? The reason why this particular pattern of behavior occurs in this case can only be appreciated if we know that the pulses are codes, and the pattern is due to a pattern in what they represent, in particular that the pulses represent English words spelled out in International Morse Code. The observed pattern does not reflect how the box is wired or its functional architecture  it is due entirel...
On the Insufficiency of Linear Diagrams for Syllogisms
, 1998
"... In Volume 33:1 of the Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, a system for diagramming syllogistic inferences using straight line segments is presented by Englebretsen. In light of recent research on the representational power of diagrammatic representation systems by the authors, we point out some prob ..."
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In Volume 33:1 of the Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, a system for diagramming syllogistic inferences using straight line segments is presented by Englebretsen. In light of recent research on the representational power of diagrammatic representation systems by the authors, we point out some problems with the proposal, and indeed, with any proposal for representing logically possible situations diagrammatically. We shall first outline the proposed linear diagrammatic system of Englebretsen, and then show by means of counterexamples that it is inadequate as a representation scheme for general logical inferences (the task for which the system is intended). We also show that modifications to the system fail to remedy the problems. The considerations we present are not limited to the particular proposal of Englebretsen; we thus draw a more general moral about the use of spatial relations in representation systems. 1 Diagrammatic representation systems Diagrammatic represent...
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"... The book to be reviewed is written by two Polish authors. Polish history of logic has a great tradition, connected with the names of Jan Salamucha, Jan Lukasiewicz, Joseph M. Bocheński and others. It is a common mark of contributions in this tradition to approach historical texts from the perspectiv ..."
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The book to be reviewed is written by two Polish authors. Polish history of logic has a great tradition, connected with the names of Jan Salamucha, Jan Lukasiewicz, Joseph M. Bocheński and others. It is a common mark of contributions in this tradition to approach historical texts from the perspective of modern logic. They use modern methods and tools to interpret and evaluate past contributions to this science. As a result of their technique to interpret the history of logic from the standpoint of modern logic as opposed to using the philological method that has long predominated, Aristotle’s logic, medieval and early modern Scholastic and Renaissance contributions can be viewed in terms of their significance for today’s logic. There is no doubt that this is a great advance for our understanding of the development of logic up to its present state. This advantage, however, is in practice bound up with some shortcomings. Of course, authors using such an approach are not primarily interested in the development of logic in its context, i. e., to use “the standpoint of the past under study”, as Marciszewski and Murawski put it
Carnap, Goguen, and the Hyperontologies Logical Pluralism and Heterogeneous Structuring in Ontology Design
"... Abstract. We present a general framework for the design of formal ontologies, resting on two main principles: firstly, we endorse Rudolf Carnap’s principle of logical tolerance by giving central stage to the concept of logical heterogeneity, i.e. the use of a plurality of logical languages within on ..."
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Abstract. We present a general framework for the design of formal ontologies, resting on two main principles: firstly, we endorse Rudolf Carnap’s principle of logical tolerance by giving central stage to the concept of logical heterogeneity, i.e. the use of a plurality of logical languages within one ontology design. Secondly, to structure and combine heterogeneous ontologies in a semantically wellfounded way, we base our work on abstract model theory in the form of institutional semantics, as forcefully put forward by Joseph Goguen and Rod Burstall. The theoretical foundation in institution theory establishes a close link to algebraic specification theory. We explore this link by systematically applying tools and techniques from this area to corresponding ontology structuring and design tasks, in particular employ the structuring mechanisms of the heterogeneous algebraic specification language HetCasl for defining an abstract notion of structured heterogeneous ontology, leading to the idea of a hyperontology, a heterogeneous, distributed,
Critical notice Logical machines:
"... Abstract This essay discusses Peirce’s appeal to logical machines as an argument against psychologism. It also contends that some of Peirce’s antipsychologistic remarks on logic contain interesting premonitions arising from his perception of the asymmetry of proof complexity in monadic and relation ..."
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Abstract This essay discusses Peirce’s appeal to logical machines as an argument against psychologism. It also contends that some of Peirce’s antipsychologistic remarks on logic contain interesting premonitions arising from his perception of the asymmetry of proof complexity in monadic and relational logical calculi that were only given full formulation and explication in the early twentieth century through Church’s Theorem and Hilbert’s broadranging Entscheidungsproblem. In Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift relates that in his voyage to Balnibarbi Gulliver comes across a professor of the grand academy of Lagado who shows him a machine capable of improving and extending knowledge by ‘mechanical operations. ’ (Swift 1735: 195) The academician explains that ‘by his contrivance, the most ignorant person at a reasonable charge, and with a little bodily labour, may write books in philosophy, poetry, politicks, law, mathematicks and theology, without the least assistance from genius or study. ’ (Swift 1735:
MRC Applied Psychology Unit
, 33
"... A theory of deductive reasoning is presented fora major class of inferences that has not been investigated by psychologists: inferences that depend on multiplyquantified premises (e.g., "None of the Princeton letters is in the same place as any of the Dublin letters"). It is argued that reasoneis c ..."
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A theory of deductive reasoning is presented fora major class of inferences that has not been investigated by psychologists: inferences that depend on multiplyquantified premises (e.g., "None of the Princeton letters is in the same place as any of the Dublin letters"). It is argued that reasoneis construct mental models based on their knowledge of the meanings of quantifiers (and other terms, including relational expressions). Three experiments corroborate the model theory's prediction that inferences that require the construction of only 1 model will be easier than those that require more than 1 model. The model theory assumes that the logical properties of quantifiers emerge from their meanings and are not mentally represented in rules of inference. How such a semantic process can occur compositionally (i.e., guided by the syntactic analysis of sentences) is described. Deductive reasoning is a process of thought that yields new information from old and aims to establish valid conclusions, that is, conclusions that are necessarily true given the truth of the initial premises or observations. The study of its underlying mental mechanisms is almost as old as experimental psychology, but remains a matter of controversy. There are three main