University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

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A Formal Approach to Modeling the Memory of a Living Organism


Dan Guralnk

University of Oklahoma
Friday, April 16, 2010, 2:00 PM, EMS E495A

We present an attempt to model the memory of a living organism, based on an information-theoretic point of view. This point of view provides us with a natural construction of a universal database capable of recording arbitrary binary sensory input, subject to prioritization by the physical observer (the organism). The combinatorial structure underlying the database turns out to be a ( finite) nonpositively curved cube complex, and we show how to use this as a means for formulating various learning goals such as natural language acquisition.

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