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Subhashini Ganapathy, Ph.D. (Committee Co-Chair); Trevor J. Bihl, Ph.D. (Committee Co-Chair); Assaf Harel, Ph.D. (Committee Member)

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Master of Science in Industrial and Human Factors Engineering (MSIHE)


There is a continual push to make Artificial Intelligence (AI) as human-like as possible; however, this is a difficult task because of its inability to learn beyond its current comprehension. Analogical reasoning (AR) has been proposed as one method to achieve this goal. Current literature lacks a technical comparison on psychologically-inspired and natural-language-processing-produced AR algorithms with consistent metrics on multiple-choice word-based analogy problems. Assessment is based on “correctness” and “goodness” metrics. There is not a one-size-fits-all algorithm for all textual problems. As contribution in visual AR, a convolutional neural network (CNN) is integrated with the AR vector space model, Global Vectors (GloVe), in the proposed, Image Recognition Through Analogical Reasoning Algorithm (IRTARA). Given images outside of the CNN’s training data, IRTARA produces contextual information by leveraging semantic information from GloVe. IRTARA’s quality of results is measured by definition, AR, and human factors evaluation methods, which saw consistency at the extreme ends. The research shows the potential for AR to facilitate more a human-like AI through its ability to understand concepts beyond its foundational knowledge in both a textual and visual problem space.

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Department or Program

Department of Biomedical, Industrial & Human Factors Engineering

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