AAAI Publications, Twenty-Sixth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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Functional Interactions Between Memory and Recognition Judgments
Justin Li, Nate Derbinsky, John Laird

Last modified: 2012-07-12


One issue facing agents that accumulate large bodies of knowledge is determining whether they have knowl- edge that is relevant to its current goals. Performing comprehensive searches of long-term memory in every situation can be computationally expensive and disrup- tive to task reasoning. In this paper, we demonstrate that the recognition judgment — a heuristic for whether memory structures have been previously perceived — can serve as a low-cost indicator of the existence of potentially relevant knowledge. We present an approach for computing both context-dependent and context- independent recognition judgments using processes and data shared with declarative memories. We then de- scribe an initial, efficient implementation in the Soar cognitive architecture and evaluate our system in a word sense disambiguation task, showing that it reduces the number of memory searches without degrading agent performance.

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