Fall 2014: Meetings 1 and 2

The first meeting on Oct. 7 was dedicated to a broad discussion of cognitive architectures and ACT-R, with a focus on the first 2 chapters of:

  • Anderson, John R. 2009. How Can the Human Mind Occur in the Physical Universe?

In the second meeting (today, Oct. 14), Deniz led …

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Fall 2014: Plan

The four of us (and some other email-silent partners :-)) hatched a plan to have an ACT-R centered series of meetings this fall. The plan is to start by reading Anderson’s most recent book:

  • Anderson, John R. 2009. How Can the Human Mind Occur in the Physical Universe?

and …

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Course materials for Quantitative Methods in Linguistics (Spring 2014)

Fri 06 June 2014 by Adrian Brasoveanu

Quantitative Methods in Linguistics (spring 2014; upper div. undergraduate course, UCSC Linguistics) provided an introduction to data analysis for linguistics focusing on categorical data and continuous data, and using R. The overarching goal of the course was to give participants the tools and insight to perform data analysis on a …

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Spring 2014: Meetings 4-6

The 6th and final meeting of the quarter will take place next Thur, June 5 (the last week of classes). Meetings 4-5 (May 22, and May 29) discussed Bayesian inference in more detail (e.g., how to do model comparison with Bayes factors), and introduced MCMC estimation and the way …

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Spring 2014: Meetings 1-3

The plan for the spring quarter and possibly early summer is to read and work through the following two books:

  • Bayesian Cognitive Modeling: A Practical Course (Lee & Wagenmakers 2014): see this pdf for the first two parts of the book and also this website for additional materials (code, answers to …
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Winter 2014: Meeting 8

Tue 11 March 2014 by Nate Arnett, Adrian Brasoveanu

The last meeting of the quarter will take place this Friday (March 14) in Stevenson 232 (Eye-tracking lab; please note the change of venue) and it will be LASC related. Nate and Adrian will talk about some of their recent language processing research and how it links with issues of …

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Winter 2014: Meetings 5-7

The 5th meeting this quarter was dedicated to a discussion of Hale (2011), led by Karl. His handout is available here.

The 6th meeting was dedicated to a discussion of NL-Soar led by Nate and based primarily on Lewis’s ‘93 dissertation: An Architecturally-based Theory of Human Sentence Comprehension …

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Winter 2014: Meeting 4

The fourth meeting this quarter took place on Fri Feb. 7. There won’t be any meeting on Fri Feb. 14, our next meeting will be on Fri Feb. 21 (same time and place) and Karl will lead the discussion of Hale’s 2011 paper. Nate will then guide us …

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Winter 2014: Meeting 3

The third meeting this quarter took place on Fri Jan. 31. We discussed garden-path phenomena based on ch. 4 of Hale’s ms. and the general view of parsing (and other language-related cognitive processes, e.g., learning) as heuristic-based search through an appropriate state space. We discussed (greedy) best-first and …

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Winter 2014: Meeting 2

The second meeting this quarter took place on Fri Jan. 24. We looked at some NLTK parsing demos, namely recursive descent (top-down, depth-first), bottom-up and left-corner parsers.

Nate discussed left-corner parsing in detail and the empirical evidence that favors left-corner parsers as models of the human parser / processor over purely …

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