Rules in computationalism and connectionism

F. Adams, K. Aizawa, G. Fuller

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Connectionist and computationalist theories are contrasted in many ways in the literature. Extremely common among these contrasts are distinctions that in various ways involve rules. For example, connectionist models are not supposed to use explicit rules where computationalist models do. Connectionist models are said to use soft rules, or soft constraints, where computationalist models do not. We believe that, while the distinctions that have been offered in the literature make sense, they do not serve to contrast computationalist models as a class from connectionist models as a class. In other words, for each of the distinctions that has been offered, we believe there to exist both computationalist and connectionist models that fall on either side of the distinctions. Thus, both connectionist and computationalist models may be said to use explicit rules, to use soft rules, and so forth.

Original languageEnglish
Article number184164
Pages (from-to)359-367
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
StatePublished - 1991
Event24th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 1991 - Kauai, United States
Duration: Jan 8 1991Jan 11 1991


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