Computational Learning Theory and Natural Learning Systems, Volume 1

Computational Learning Theory and Natural Learning Systems, Volume 1

Constraints and Prospects

Edited by George Drastal, Stephen José Hanson and Ronald L. Rivest

A Bradford Book




These original contributions converge on an exciting and fruitful intersection of three historically distinct areas of learning research: computational learning theory, neural networks, and symbolic machine learning. Bridging theory and practice, computer science and psychology, they consider general issues in learning systems that could provide constraints for theory and at the same time interpret theoretical results in the context of experiments with actual learning systems.In all, nineteen chapters address questions such as, What is a natural system? How should learning systems gain from prior knowledge? If prior knowledge is important, how can we quantify how important? What makes a learning problem hard? How are neural networks and symbolic machine learning approaches similar? Is there a fundamental difference in the kind of task a neural network can easily solve as opposed to those a symbolic algorithm can easily solve?


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262581264 577 pp. | 6 in x 8.9 in


George Drastal

George A. Drastal is Senior Research Scientist at Siemens Corporate Research.

Stephen José Hanson

Stephen José Hanson is Professor of Psychology (Newark Campus) and Member of the Cognitive Science Center (New Brunswick Campus) at Rutgers University.

Ronald L. Rivest

Ronald L. Rivest is Institute Professor at MIT.