## Exemplar models as a mechanism for . . .

### BibTeX

@MISC{Shi_exemplarmodels,

author = {Lei Shi and Thomas L. Griffiths and Naomi H. Feldman and Adam N. Sanborn},

title = {Exemplar models as a mechanism for . . . },

year = {}

}

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### Abstract

Probabilistic models have recently received much attention as accounts of human cognition. problems behind cognitive tasks and their optimal solutions, rather than considering mechanisms that could implement these solutions. Exemplar models are a successful class of psychological process models that use an inventory of stored examples to solve problems such as identification, categorization, and function learning. We show that exemplar models can be used to perform a sophisticated form of Monte Carlo approximation known as importance sampling, and thus provide a way to perform approximate Bayesian inference. Simulations of Bayesian inference in speech perception, generalization along a single dimension, making predictions about everyday events, concept learning, and reconstruction from memory show that exemplar models can often account for human performance with only a few exemplars, for both simple and relatively complex prior distributions. These results suggest that exemplar models provide a possible mechanism for implementing at least some forms of Bayesian inference. Exemplar models and Bayesian inference 3 Exemplar models as a mechanism for performing Bayesian inference