A solution to the binding problem for compositional connectionism

John E. Hummel, Keith J. Holyoak, Collin Green, Leonidas A.A. Doumas, Derek Devnich, Aniket Kittur, Donald J. Kalar

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Achieving compositional connectionism means finding a way to represent role-filler bindings in a connectionist system without sacrificing role-filler independence. Role-filler binding schemes based on varieties of conjunctive coding (the most common approach in the connectionist literature) fail to preserve role-filler independence. At the same time, dynamic binding of roles to fillers (e.g., by synchrony of firing) represents bindings without sacrificing independence, but is inadequate for storing bindings in long-term memory. An appropriate combination of dynamic binding (for representation in working memory) and conjunctive coding (for long-term storage and token formation) provides a platform for compositional connectionism, and has proven successful in simulating numerous aspects of human perception and cognition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event2004 AAAI Fall Symposium - Arlington, VA, United States
Duration: Oct 21 2004Oct 24 2004


Other2004 AAAI Fall Symposium
CountryUnited States
CityArlington, VA

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  • Engineering(all)

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    Hummel, J. E., Holyoak, K. J., Green, C., Doumas, L. A. A., Devnich, D., Kittur, A., & Kalar, D. J. (2004). A solution to the binding problem for compositional connectionism. 31-34. Paper presented at 2004 AAAI Fall Symposium, Arlington, VA, United States.