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Probabilistic principles in unsupervised learning of visual structure: human data and a model

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Probabilistic principles in unsupervised learning of visual structure: human data and a model
To find out how the representations of structured visual objects depend on the co-occurrence statistics of their constituents, we exposed subjects to a set of composite images with tight control exerted over (1) the conditional probabilities of the constituent fragments, and (2) the value of Barlow's criterion of "suspicious coincidence" (the ratio of joint probability to the product of marginals). We then compared the part verification response times for various probe/target combinations before and after the exposure. For composite probes, the speedup was much larger for targets that contained pairs of fragments perfectly predictive of each other, compared to those that did not. This effect was modulated by the significance of their co-occurrence as estimated by Barlow's criterion. For lone-fragment probes, the speedup in all conditions was generally lower than for composites. These results shed light on the brain's strategies for unsupervised acquisition of ...
Shimon Edelman, Benjamin P. Hiles, Hwajin Yang, Na
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Type Conference
Year 2001
Where NIPS
Authors Shimon Edelman, Benjamin P. Hiles, Hwajin Yang, Nathan Intrator
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