Distributed Knowledge Representation in Neural-Symbolic Learning Systems: A Case Study

Artur S. d'Avila Garcez, Luis C. Lamb, Krysia Broda, and Dov M. Gabbay

Neural-symbolic integration concerns the integration of symbolic and connectionist systems. Distributed knowledge representation is traditionally seen under a purely symbolic perspective. In this paper, we show how neural networks can represent symbolic distributed knowledge, acting as multiagent systems with learning capability (a key feature of neural networks). We then apply our approach to the well-known muddy children puzzle, a problem used as a testbed for distributed knowledge representation formalisms. Finally, we sketch a full solution to this problem by extending our approach to deal with knowledge evolution over time.

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