Analogical Mapping Through Visual Abstraction


Analogical mapping theories tend to focus on matching identical symbols (either for objects or the relations between them). In the domain of visual representations we implemented a mapping system that uses separate domain knowledge (a shape-type superclass hierarchy) to re-represent analogs such that identicality can be found at different levels of abstraction. Such a scheme is useful where shape, and not the spatial layout of the analog images, is important to aligning visual objects.

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