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Visualization of decision processes using a cognitive architecture
Author(s): Mark A. Livingston; Arthi Murugesan; Derek Brock; Wende K. Frost; Dennis Perzanowski
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Paper Abstract

Cognitive architectures are computational theories of reasoning the human mind engages in as it processes facts and experiences. A cognitive architecture uses declarative and procedural knowledge to represent mental constructs that are involved in decision making. Employing a model of behavioral and perceptual constraints derived from a set of one or more scenarios, the architecture reasons about the most likely consequence(s) of a sequence of events. Reasoning of any complexity and depth involving computational processes, however, is often opaque and challenging to comprehend. Arguably, for decision makers who may need to evaluate or question the results of autonomous reasoning, it would be useful to be able to inspect the steps involved in an interactive, graphical format. When a chain of evidence and constraint-based decision points can be visualized, it becomes easier to explore both how and why a scenario of interest will likely unfold in a particular way. In initial work on a scheme for visualizing cognitively-based decision processes, we focus on generating graphical representations of models run in the Polyscheme cognitive architecture. Our visualization algorithm operates on a modified version of Polyscheme's output, which is accomplished by augmenting models with a simple set of tags. We provide example visualizations and discuss properties of our technique that pose challenges for our representation goals. We conclude with a summary of feedback solicited from domain experts and practitioners in the field of cognitive modeling.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 February 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8654, Visualization and Data Analysis 2013, 86540U (4 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2005736
Show Author Affiliations
Mark A. Livingston, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Arthi Murugesan, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Derek Brock, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Wende K. Frost, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Dennis Perzanowski, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8654:
Visualization and Data Analysis 2013
Pak Chung Wong; David L. Kao; Ming C. Hao; Chaomei Chen, Editor(s)

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