Performance of a Reading Task by an Elementary Perceiving and Memorizing Program

by Edward A. Feigenbaum, Herbert Alexander Simon

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An account of some experiments which show that the mechanisms postulated in the Elementary Perceiver and Memorizer (EPAM) for the rote memory tasks are adequate for simulating, at least macroscopically, the processes used by human beings in acquiring the ability to read and understand printed words. The author provides a summary description of the EPAM program, mentions the main processes it uses in rote memory tasks, and describes how these processes are used in learning to read.

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