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Workshop: Symmetry and Geometry in Neural Representations

Discovering Latent Causes and Memory Modification: A Computational Approach Using Symmetry and Geometry

Arif Dönmez


We learn from our experiences, even though they are never exactly the same. This implies that we need to assess their similarity to apply what we have learned from one experience to another. It is proposed that we “cluster” our experiences based on hidden latent causes that we infer. It is also suggested that surprises, which occur when our predictions are incorrect, help us categorize our experiences into distinct groups. In this paper, we develop a computational theory that emulates these processes based on two basic concepts from intuitive physics and Gestalt psychology using symmetry and geometry. We apply our approach to simple tasks that involve inductive reasoning. Remarkably, the output of our computational approach aligns closely with human responses.

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