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›› 2004, Vol. 12 ›› Issue (5): 774-783.

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Classification and Inference in Category Learning

Liu Zhiya,Mo Lei   

  1. Department of Psychology, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631
  • Received:2004-02-08 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2004-09-15 Published:2004-09-15
  • Contact: Liu Zhiya

Abstract: The paper introduces two means of category learning, classification and inference learning, in terms of the learning condition, information process and final memory. Classification is a kind of inductive inference and its learners are highly sensitivity to diagnostic features between categories and possibility to learn exemplar, whereas inference learning is a deductive process and its learners are focus on within-category information and possibility to learn prototype. Different types of category learning lead to different category representations. Research on two kinds of category learning is consistent with the interpretation-base view of categorization and these results are reviewed.

Key words: category learning, categorization, classification, inference

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