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Categorization generated by prototypes -- an axiomatic approach

  • Yaron Azrieli

    (Tel Aviv University)

  • Ehud Lehrer

    (Tel Aviv University)

We present a model of categorization based on prototypes. A prototype is an image or template of an idealized member of the category. Once a set of prototypes is defined, entities are sorted into categories on the basis of the prototypes they are closest to. We provide a characterization of those categorizations that are generated by prototypes.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 05 May 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpga:0405003
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  1. Jackson, Matthew O. & Fryer Jr., Roland G., 2002. "Categorical Cognition: A Psychological Model of Categories and Identification in Decision Making," Working Papers 1144, California Institute of Technology, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
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