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Cognition and Intractability

A Guide to Classical and Parameterized Complexity Analysis

By Iris van Rooij, Mark Blokpoel, Johan Kwisthout, Todd Wareham

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Intractability is a growing concern across the cognitive sciences: while many models of cognition can describe and predict human behavior in the lab, it remains unclear how these models can scale to situations of real-world complexity. Cognition and Intractability is the first book to provide an accessible introduction to computational complexity analysis and its application to questions of intractability in cognitive science. Covering both classical and parameterized complexity analysis, it introduces the mathematical concepts and proof techniques that can be used to test one's intuition of (in)tractability. It also describes how these tools can be applied to cognitive modeling to deal with intractability, and its ramifications, in a systematic way. Aimed at students and researchers in philosophy, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, artificial intelligence, and linguistics who want to build a firm understanding of intractability and its implications in their modeling work, it is an ideal resource for teaching or self-study.

Product code: 9781108728973

ISBN 9781108728973
Publisher Cambridge University Press
No. Of Pages 374
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H228xW151xS20
This is the first book to provide an accessible introduction to computational complexity analysis and its application to questions of intractability in cognitive science. It is essential reading for students and researchers who want to understand how cognitive models can be scaled from the lab to situations of real-world complexity.