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Information 2012, 3(2), 229-255;

The World Within Wikipedia: An Ecology of Mind

Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152, USA
Cognitive and Information Sciences, University of California, Merced, CA 95343, USA
Computer Science and Psychology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
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Received: 22 May 2012 / Revised: 11 June 2012 / Accepted: 12 June 2012 / Published: 18 June 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cognition and Communication)
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Human beings inherit an informational culture transmitted through spoken and written language. A growing body of empirical work supports the mutual influence between language and categorization, suggesting that our cognitive-linguistic environment both reflects and shapes our understanding. By implication, artifacts that manifest this cognitive-linguistic environment, such asWikipedia, should represent language structure and conceptual categorization in a way consistent with human behavior. We use this intuition to guide the construction of a computational cognitive model, situated in Wikipedia, that generates semantic association judgments. Our unsupervised model combines information at the language structure and conceptual categorization levels to achieve state of the art correlation with human ratings on semantic association tasks including WordSimilarity-353, semantic feature production norms, word association, and false memory.
Keywords: association; comparison; semantic; feature; false memory; gist; activation; Wikipedia; W3C3 association; comparison; semantic; feature; false memory; gist; activation; Wikipedia; W3C3

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Olney, A.M.; Dale, R.; D’Mello, S.K. The World Within Wikipedia: An Ecology of Mind. Information 2012, 3, 229-255.

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