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The Symbol Grounding Problem
, 1990
"... There has been much discussion recently about the scope and limits of purely symbolic models of the mind and about the proper role of connectionism in cognitive modeling. This paper describes the "symbol grounding problem": How can the semantic interpretation of a formal symbol system be m ..."
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There has been much discussion recently about the scope and limits of purely symbolic models of the mind and about the proper role of connectionism in cognitive modeling. This paper describes the "symbol grounding problem": How can the semantic interpretation of a formal symbol system be made intrinsic to the system, rather than just parasitic on the meanings in our heads? How can the meanings of the meaningless symbol tokens, manipulated solely on the basis of their (arbitrary) shapes, be grounded in anything but other meaningless symbols? The problem is analogous to trying to learn Chinese from a Chinese/Chinese dictionary alone. A candidate solution is sketched: Symbolic representations must be grounded bottomup in nonsymbolic representations of two kinds: (1) "iconic representations" , which are analogs of the proximal sensory projections of distal objects and events, and (2) "categorical representations" , which are learned and innate featuredetectors that pick out the invariant features of object and event categories from their sensory projections. Elementary symbols are the names of these object and event categories, assigned on the basis of their (nonsymbolic) categorical representations. Higherorder (3) "symbolic representations" , grounded in these elementary symbols, consist of symbol strings describing category membership relations (e.g., "An X is a Y that is Z"). Connectionism is one natural candidate for the mechanism that learns the invariant features underlying categorical representations, thereby connecting names to the proximal projections of the distal objects they stand for. In this way connectionism can be seen as a complementary component in a hybrid nonsymbolic/symbolic model of the mind, rather than a rival to purely symbolic modeling. Such ...
The complexity of analog computation
 in Math. and Computers in Simulation 28(1986
"... We ask if analog computers can solve NPcomplete problems efficiently. Regarding this as unlikely, we formulate a strong version of Church’s Thesis: that any analog computer can be simulated efficiently (in polynomial time) by a digital computer. From this assumption and the assumption that P ≠ NP w ..."
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We ask if analog computers can solve NPcomplete problems efficiently. Regarding this as unlikely, we formulate a strong version of Church’s Thesis: that any analog computer can be simulated efficiently (in polynomial time) by a digital computer. From this assumption and the assumption that P ≠ NP we can draw conclusions about the operation of physical devices used for computation. An NPcomplete problem, 3SAT, is reduced to the problem of checking whether a feasible point is a local optimum of an optimization problem. A mechanical device is proposed for the solution of this problem. It encodes variables as shaft angles and uses gears and smooth cams. If we grant Strong Church’s Thesis, that P ≠ NP, and a certain ‘‘Downhill Principle’ ’ governing the physical behavior of the machine, we conclude that it cannot operate successfully while using only polynomial resources. We next prove Strong Church’s Thesis for a class of analog computers described by wellbehaved ordinary differential equations, which we can take as representing part of classical mechanics. We conclude with a comment on the recently discovered connection between spin glasses and combinatorial optimization. 1.
Computing in Cognitive Science
, 1989
"... Introduction Nobody doubts that computers have had a profound influence on the study of human cognition. The very existence of a discipline called Cognitive Science is a tribute to this influence. One of the principal characteristics that distinguishes Cognitive Science from more traditional studies ..."
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Introduction Nobody doubts that computers have had a profound influence on the study of human cognition. The very existence of a discipline called Cognitive Science is a tribute to this influence. One of the principal characteristics that distinguishes Cognitive Science from more traditional studies of cognition within Psychology, is the extent to which it has been influenced by both the ideas and the techniques of computing. It may come as a surprise to the outsider, then, to discover that there is no unanimity within the discipline on either (a) the nature (and in some cases the desireabilty) of the influence and (b) what computing is  or at least on its  essential character, as this pertains to Cognitive Science. In this essay I will attempt to comment on both these questions. The first question will bring us to a discussion of the role that computing plays in our understanding of human (and perhaps animal) cognition. I wi
On the Difficulty of Computations
, 1970
"... Two practical considerations concerning the use of computing machinery are the amount of information that must be given to the machine for it to perform a given task and the time it takes the machine to perform it. The size of programs and their running time are studied for mathematical models of co ..."
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Two practical considerations concerning the use of computing machinery are the amount of information that must be given to the machine for it to perform a given task and the time it takes the machine to perform it. The size of programs and their running time are studied for mathematical models of computing machines. The study of the amount of information (i.e., number of bits) in a computer program needed for it to put out a given finite binary sequence leads to a definition of a random sequence; the random sequences of a given length are those that require the longest programs. The study of the running time of programs for computing infinite sets of natural numbers leads to an arithmetic of computers, which is a distributive lattice.
Algorithms: A quest for absolute definitions
 Bulletin of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science
, 2003
"... y Abstract What is an algorithm? The interest in this foundational problem is not only theoretical; applications include specification, validation and verification of software and hardware systems. We describe the quest to understand and define the notion of algorithm. We start with the ChurchTurin ..."
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y Abstract What is an algorithm? The interest in this foundational problem is not only theoretical; applications include specification, validation and verification of software and hardware systems. We describe the quest to understand and define the notion of algorithm. We start with the ChurchTuring thesis and contrast Church's and Turing's approaches, and we finish with some recent investigations.
From Total Equational to Partial First Order Logic
, 1998
"... The focus of this chapter is the incremental presentation of partial firstorder logic, seen as a powerful framework where the specification of most data types can be directly represented in the most natural way. Both model theory and logical deduction are described in full detail. Alternatives to pa ..."
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The focus of this chapter is the incremental presentation of partial firstorder logic, seen as a powerful framework where the specification of most data types can be directly represented in the most natural way. Both model theory and logical deduction are described in full detail. Alternatives to partiality, like (variants of) error algebras and ordersortedness are also discussed, showing their uses and limitations. Moreover, both the total and the partial (positive) conditional fragment are investigated in detail, and in particular the existence of initial (free) models for such restricted logical paradigms is proved. Some more powerful algebraic frameworks are sketched at the end. Equational specifications introduced in last chapter, are a powerful tool to represent the most common data types used in programming languages and their semantics. Indeed, Bergstra and Tucker have shown in a series of papers (see [BT87] for a complete exposition of results) that a data type is semicompu...
Higher Order Logic
 In Handbook of Logic in Artificial Intelligence and Logic Programming
, 1994
"... Contents 1 Introduction : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 2 2 The expressive power of second order Logic : : : : : : : : : : : 3 2.1 The language of second order logic : : : : : : : : : : : : : 3 2.2 Expressing size : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 4 2.3 Definin ..."
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Contents 1 Introduction : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 2 2 The expressive power of second order Logic : : : : : : : : : : : 3 2.1 The language of second order logic : : : : : : : : : : : : : 3 2.2 Expressing size : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 4 2.3 Defining data types : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 6 2.4 Describing processes : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 8 2.5 Expressing convergence using second order validity : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 9 2.6 Truth definitions: the analytical hierarchy : : : : : : : : 10 2.7 Inductive definitions : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 13 3 Canonical semantics of higher order logic : : : : : : : : : : : : 15 3.1 Tarskian semantics of second order logic : : : : : : : : : 15 3.2 Function and re
Operating System Verification — An Overview
"... Abstract. This paper gives a highlevel introduction to the topic of formal, interactive, machinechecked software verification in general, and the verification of operating systems code in particular. We survey the state of the art, the advantages and limitations of machinechecked code proofs, and ..."
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Abstract. This paper gives a highlevel introduction to the topic of formal, interactive, machinechecked software verification in general, and the verification of operating systems code in particular. We survey the state of the art, the advantages and limitations of machinechecked code proofs, and describe two specific ongoing largerscale verification projects in more detail.
The Early Search for Tractable Ways of Reasoning About Programs
 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
, 2003
"... This paper traces the important steps in the history up to around 1990 of research on reasoning about programs. The main focus is on sequential imperative programs but some comments are made on concurrency. Initially, researchers focussed on ways of verifying that a program satisfies its specifi ..."
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This paper traces the important steps in the history up to around 1990 of research on reasoning about programs. The main focus is on sequential imperative programs but some comments are made on concurrency. Initially, researchers focussed on ways of verifying that a program satisfies its specification (or that two programs were equivalent). Over time it became clear that post facto verification is only practical for small programs and attention turned to verification methods which support the development of programs; for larger programs it is necessary to exploit a notation of compositionality. Coping with concurrent algorithms is much more challenging  this and other extensions are considered briefly. The main thesis of this paper is that the idea of reasoning about programs has been around since they were first written; the search has been to find tractable methods.
Complexity and Real Computation: A Manifesto
 International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos
, 1995
"... . Finding a natural meeting ground between the highly developed complexity theory of computer science with its historical roots in logic and the discrete mathematics of the integers and the traditional domain of real computation, the more eclectic less foundational field of numerical analysis ..."
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. Finding a natural meeting ground between the highly developed complexity theory of computer science with its historical roots in logic and the discrete mathematics of the integers and the traditional domain of real computation, the more eclectic less foundational field of numerical analysis with its rich history and longstanding traditions in the continuous mathematics of analysis presents a compelling challenge. Here we illustrate the issues and pose our perspective toward resolution. This article is essentially the introduction of a book with the same title (to be published by Springer) to appear shortly. Webster: A public declaration of intentions, motives, or views. k Partially supported by NSF grants. y International Computer Science Institute, 1947 Center St., Berkeley, CA 94704, U.S.A., lblum@icsi.berkeley.edu. Partially supported by the LettsVillard Chair at Mills College. z Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Balmes 132, Barcelona 08008, SPAIN, cucker@upf.es. P...