The Structure-Mapping Engine

Brian Falkenhainer, Kenneth D. Forbus, Dedre Gentner

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This paper describes the Structure-Mapping Engine (SME), a cognitive simulation program for studying human analogical processing. SME is based on Gentner's Structure-Mapping theory of analogy, and provides a "tool kit" for constructing matching algorithms consistent with this theory. This flexibility enhances cognitive simulation studies by simplifying experimentation. Furthermore, SUE is very efficient, making it a candidate component for machine learning systems as well. We review the Structure-Mapping theory and describe the design of the engine. Next we demonstrate some examples of its operation. Finally, we discuss our plans for using SME in cognitive simulation studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 1986
Event5th National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 1986 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: Aug 11 1986Aug 15 1986


Conference5th National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 1986
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence


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