Two methods for search and optimising cognitive model parameters

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

Searching for the best set of parameter values is a key component of cognitive modelling and one in which a great deal of uncertainty lies. Parameter search can be a slow, laborious process when done by hand, particularly when a model has several interacting parameters, and can be challenging when models are non-differentiable, non-continuous, nonlinear, stochastic, or have many local optima. There a several methods for searching parameter spaces for such models. Here I present two: differential evolution (DE) and using a High Throughput Computing (HTC) environment managed by HTCondor. The two methods are similar in that they both explore parameter spaces by generating populations of models, but there the similarity ends. Below I describe both, explain the circumstances where choosing one may be preferable over the other, and provide an example of each using a simple ACT-R model for the reader to investigate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICCM 2016
Subtitle of host publication14th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling
EditorsDavid Reitter, Frank E. Ritter
PublisherThe Pennsylvania State University Press
Pages234-235
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9780998508207
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016
Event14th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling - University Park, Penn State University, Pennsylvania, United States
Duration: 3 Aug 20166 Aug 2016
Conference number: 14
https://iccm-conference.neocities.org/2016/proceedings/

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling
Abbreviated titleICCM 2016
CountryUnited States
CityPennsylvania
Period3/08/166/08/16
Internet address

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Two methods for search and optimising cognitive model parameters'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Peebles, D. (2016). Two methods for search and optimising cognitive model parameters. In D. Reitter, & F. E. Ritter (Eds.), Proceedings of ICCM 2016: 14th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (pp. 234-235). The Pennsylvania State University Press.