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Seriation is the ability to order a set of objects on some dimension such as size. Psychological research on the child’s development of seriation has uncovered both cognitive stages and perceptual constraints. A generative connectionist algorithm, cascade-correlation, is used to successfully model these psychological regularities. Previous rule-based models of seriation have been unable to capture either stage progressions or perceptual effects. The present simulations provide a number of insights about possible processing mechanisms for seriation, the nature of seriation stage transitions, and the opportunities provided by the environment for learning about seriation.


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