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nice tools for preparing stimuli

Creating pseudorandom orders with customized constraints: http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/people/maarten.van-casteren/mixandmatch/ Convenient image resizing tool: http://imageresizer.codeplex.com/ Convenient mass renaming tool: http://filerenamer.net/ I haven’t explored the full extent of this yet, but this could be amazing for image analysis: http://drjohnruss.com/download.html Calculating pixel area or counts: … Continue reading

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categories vs. continua

Sure we love to categorize things and experiences into discrete regions and there’s surprising structure to the physical world, but that doesn’t mean we have no ability to represent the fine-grained subtleties that exist. We don’t lose the gradient information … Continue reading

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graded membership and fuzzy truth

The interpretation of Armstrong, Gleitman, and Gleitman’s (1983) results regarding well-defined concepts such as ‘odd number’ illustrates the debate over typicality effects well. Their participants make conscious verbal report of whether a concept has a clear definition, and show the … Continue reading

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Supplement

A supplementary remark on a footnote in my forthcoming (but already submitted) dissertation: The fact that there is no intuitive endpoint in the past – perhaps other than the Big Bang – does not mean there is no floor/asymptote to … Continue reading

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Humanities and science: Reflections after a workshop on NLP for literature

At a conference on human language technologies (NAACL-HLT 2012, Montreal), I participated in a stimulating discussion in the workshop on Computational Linguistics for Literature. The main issue we discussed was an ontological question about the field of NLP for literature … Continue reading

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Sometimes an idea is so beautiful that it shapes all your observations unawares. Oftentimes the phenomenon can’t be denied, but have you got the right theory?

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Psycholinguistic insight in literature

“William coughed politely. ‘Er … hm …’ he said. This is what he did when he wanted to introduce a new subject. He managed to do it gracefully because it was his habit – and I believe this is typical … Continue reading

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