M.B., Clowes.

Perception, picture processing and computers


The machines (usually digital computers) will classify simple shapes and printed letters and digits represented (by means of a suitable television scanner) as a matrix of I s and Os. Psychologists concerned with analysing complex behaviour often have to select an appropriate level of description. Let us confine our attention to three levels: words, phrases, sentences. Figure 1 shows a set of rules subdivided into numbered groups (1, 2, 3,..., 6).