A Computational Behaviorist Takes Turing’s Test

  • Thomas E. Whalen


Behaviorism is a school of thought in experimental psychology that has given rise to powerful techniques for managing behavior. Because the Turing Test is a test of linguistic behavior rather than mental processes, approaching the test from a behavioristic perspective is worth examining. A behavioral approach begins by observing the kinds of questions that judges ask, then links the invariant features of those questions to pre-written answers. Because this approach is simple and powerful, it has been more successful in Turing competitions than the more ambitious linguistic approaches. Computational behaviorism may prove successful in other areas of Artificial Intelligence.


Behaviorism computational linguistics 


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  • Thomas E. Whalen
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  1. 1.Communications Research CentreOttawaCanada

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