Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Halford et al.: Relational complexity

Chunks, bindings, STAR, and Holographic Reduced Representations

Tony A. Plate a1
a1 School of Mathematical and Computing Sciences, Victoria University, Wellington 6001, New Zealand


Much of Halford et al.'s discussion of vector models for representing relations concerns the perceived inadequacies of alternative methods with respect to chunking, binding, systematicity, and resource requirements. Vector-based models for storing relations are in their infancy, however, and the relative merits of different schemes are not so clearly in favor of their STAR scheme as Halford et al. portray.