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Numerous psychological studies have been carried out and several, often conflicting, models of mentat imagery have been proposed. This paper does not present another computational model, but instead treats imagery as a problem solving paradigm in artificial intelligence. We describe a concept of computational imagery [Papadias & Glasgow, 1991], which has potential applications to problems whose solutions by humans involve the use of mental imagery. As a basis for computational imagery, we define a knowledge representation scheme that brings to the foreground the most important visual and spatial properties of an image. Although psychological theories are used as a guide to these properties, we do not adhere to a strict cognitive model; whenever possible we attempt to overcome the limitations of the human information processing system.

Meta-Search Through the Space of Representations and Heuristics on a Problem by Problem Basis

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Two key aspects of problem solving are representation and search heuristics. Both theoretical and experimental studies have shown that there is no one best problem representation nor one best search heuristic. Therefore, some recent methods, e.g., portfolios, learn a good combination of problem solvers to be used in a given domain or set of domains. There are even dynamic portfolios that select a particular combination of problem solvers specific to a problem. These approaches: (1) need to perform a learning step; (2) do not usually focus on changing the representation of the input domain/problem; and (3) frequently do not adapt the portfolio to the specific problem. This paper describes a meta-reasoning system that searches through the space of combinations of representations and heuristics to find one suitable for optimally solving the specific problem. We show that this approach can be better than selecting a combination to use for all problems within a domain and is competitive with state of the art optimal planners.

Number Representation Systems Explained in One Picture


Here we are dealing with the oldest data set, created billions of years ago -- the set of integers -- and mostly the set consisting of two numbers: 0 and 1. All of us have learned how to write numbers even before attending primary school. Yet, it is attached to the most challenging unsolved mathematical problems of all times, such as the distribution of the digits of Pi in the decimal system. The table below reflects this contrast, being a blend of rudimentary and deep results. It is a reference for statisticians, number theorists, data scientists, and computer scientists, with a focus on probabilistic results. You will not find it in any textbook. Some of the systems described here (logistic map of exponent p 1/2, nested square roots, auto-correlations in continued fractions) are research results published here for the first time.

Kit Harington wants better queer representation from Marvel, bless him


Listen up, Marvel, the King in the North has a task for you. While promoting his upcoming film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, Game of Thrones star Kit Harington questioned the lack of queer representation in superhero movies – on and off screen, Variety reports. "There's a big problem with masculinity and homosexuality that they can't somehow go hand in hand," Harington said. "That we can't have someone in a Marvel movie who's gay in real life and plays some superhero. I mean, when is that going to happen?"

CiteSeerX -- Diagrammatic representation and reasoning

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The rapidly developing field of diagrammatic knowledge representation and reasoning is surveyed. The origins and rationale of the field, basic principles and methodologies, as well as selected applications are discussed. Closely related areas, like visual languages, data presentation, and visualization are briefly introduced as well. Basic sources of material for further study are indicated.