PDP networks can provide models that are not mere implementations of classical theories

Philosophical Psychology 10 (1):25-40 (1997)
Abstract
There is widespread belief that connectionist networks are dramatically different from classical or symbolic models. However, connectionists rarely test this belief by interpreting the internal structure of their nets. A new approach to interpreting networks was recently introduced by Berkeley et al. (1995). The current paper examines two implications of applying this method: (1) that the internal structure of a connectionist network can have a very classical appearance, and (2) that this interpretation can provide a cognitive theory that cannot be dismissed as a mere implementation.
Keywords Connectionism  Model  Network  Representation  Science
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