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Levitin, Anany – Journal of Problem Solving, 2017
The paper concerns an important but underappreciated genre of algorithmic puzzles, explaining what these puzzles are, reviewing milestones in their long history, and giving two different ways to classify them. Also covered are major applications of algorithmic puzzles in cognitive science research, with an emphasis on insight problem solving, and…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Puzzles, Mathematics, Cognitive Science
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Jarosz, Andrew F.; Wiley, Jennifer – Journal of Problem Solving, 2014
The purpose of this paper is to provide an easy template for the inclusion of the Bayes factor in reporting experimental results, particularly as a recommendation for articles in the "Journal of Problem Solving." The Bayes factor provides information with a similar purpose to the "p"-value--to allow the researcher to make…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Bayesian Statistics, Statistical Inference, Computation
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Pizlo, Zygmunt; Stefanov, Emil – Journal of Problem Solving, 2013
We describe an important elaboration of our multiscale/multiresolution model for solving the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP). Our previous model emulated the non-uniform distribution of receptors on the human retina and the shifts of visual attention. This model produced near-optimal solutions of TSP in linear time by performing hierarchical…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Short Term Memory, Models, Visual Perception
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Goldstone, Robert L.; Pizlo, Zygmunt – Journal of Problem Solving, 2009
In November 2008 at Purdue University, the 2nd Workshop on Human Problem Solving was held. This workshop, which was a natural continuation of the first workshop devoted almost exclusively to optimization problems, addressed a wider range of topics that reflect the scope of the "Journal of Problem Solving." The workshop was attended by 35…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Universities, Workshops, Educational Researchers
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Stephen, Damian G.; Dixon, James A. – Journal of Problem Solving, 2008
Explaining emergent structure remains a challenge for all areas of cognitive science, and problem solving is no exception. The modern study of insight has drawn attention to the issue of emergent cognitive structure in problem solving research. We propose that the explanation of insight is beyond the scope of conventional approaches to cognitive…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Problem Solving, Cognitive Structures, Scientific Concepts