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Medin & Wattenmaker (1987) Inadequacy of traditional similarity-based approaches to categorization. 1. Insufficiency of similarity : No constraints on what counts as a property. Plums and lawnmowers have an infinite number of common properties (both weigh less than 1000 kg, less than 1001 kg etc). 2. Insufficiency of correlated attributes : There are an infinite number of correlations among properties (see
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Unformatted text preview: above example). 3. Insufficiency of attribute matching : Is a disk 5 inches in diameter more like a coin or a pizza? (Rips & Handle 1984). What is needed is a theory-based approach. What counts as a category is what our theories of the world tell us are categories. (Things-to-take-out-of-a-burning house example.)...
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