What constitutes an effective representation?

Cheng, Peter C-H (2016) What constitutes an effective representation? In: Jamik, Mateja, Uesaka, Yuri and Schwartz, Stephanie (eds.) Diagrammatic Representation and Inference: 9th International Conference, Diagrams 2016. Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (9781). Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 17-31. ISBN 9783319423333

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This paper presents a taxonomy of 19 cognitive criteria for judging what constitutes effective representational systems, particularly for knowledge rich topics. Two classes of cognitive criteria are discussed. The first concerns access to concepts by reading and making inferences from external representations. The second class addresses the generation and manipulation of external representations to fulfill reasoning or problem solving goals. Suggestions for the use of the classification are made. Examples of conventional representations and Law Encoding Diagrams for the conceptual challenging topic of particle collisions are provided throughout.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: External representation, Mental representation, Cognition, Knowledge domains, Law encoding diagrams, Algebraic expressions, Tables, Particle collisions, Problem solving
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QZ Psychology
Depositing User: Peter Cheng
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2016 14:28
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2016 14:28
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/62413

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