Tractable competence

Minds and Machines 11 (3):379-397 (2001)
In the study of cognitive processes, limitations on computational resources (computing time and memory space) are usually considered to be beyond the scope of a theory of competence, and to be exclusively relevant to the study of performance. Starting from considerations derived from the theory of computational complexity, in this paper I argue that there are good reasons for claiming that some aspects of resource limitations pertain to the domain of a theory of competence.
Keywords competence vs. performance   computational complexity   levels of cognitive explanation
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DOI 10.1023/A:1017503201702
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