## The Probabilistic Mind: Prospects for Bayesian Cognitive ScienceNick Chater, Mike Oaksford The rational analysis method, first proposed by John R. Anderson, has been enormously influential in helping us understand high-level cognitive processes. The Probabilistic Mind is a follow-up to the influential and highly cited 'Rational Models of Cognition' (OUP, 1998). It brings together developments in understanding how, and how far, high-level cognitive processes can be understood in rational terms, and particularly using probabilistic Bayesian methods. It synthesizes and evaluates the progress in the past decade, taking into account developments in Bayesian statistics, statistical analysis of the cognitive 'environment' and a variety of theoretical and experimental lines of research. The scope of the book is broad, covering important recent work in reasoning, decision making, categorization, and memory. Including chapters from many of the leading figures in this field, The Probabilistic Mind will be valuable for psychologists and philosophers interested in cognition. |

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**Bayesian**inference , and discuss how it can be used in different contexts . Basic

**Bayes Bayesian**inference is based upon a simple formula known as

**Bayes**' rule (

**Bayes**, 1763/1958 ) . When stated in terms of abstract random variables , ...

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**Bayesian**infer- ence . These tools make it possible to work with richly structured probabilistic models , such as hidden Markov models and probabilistic context - free grammars . Current work in computer science and statistics is ...

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**Bayesian**statistical learning frame- work . We hope this will signpost a road toward a deeper understanding of cognition in general : one in which mental representations are a systematically meaningful and infinitely flexible response ...

### Contents

prospects for a Bayesian cognitive science | 3 |

A primer on probabilistic inference | 33 |

Rational analyses instrumentalism and implementations | 59 |

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