Learning and transferring action schemas

Paul R. Cohen, Yu Han Chang, Clayton T. Morrison

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Jean is a model of early cognitive development based loosely on Piaget's theory of sensori-motor and pre-operational thought. Like an infant, Jean repeatedly executes schemas, gradually transferring them to new situations and extending them as necessary to accommodate new experiences. We model this process of accommodation with the Experimental State Splitting (ESS) algorithm. ESS learns elementary action schemas, which comprise controllers and maps of the expected dynamics of executing controllers in different conditions. ESS also learns compositions of action schemas called gists. We present tests of the ESS algorithm in three transfer learning experiments, in which Jean transfers learned gists to new situations in a real time strategy military simulator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)720-725
Number of pages6
JournalIJCAI International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
StatePublished - 2007
Event20th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI 2007 - Hyderabad, India
Duration: Jan 6 2007Jan 12 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


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