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Towards an epistemic-logical theory of categorization

Willem Conradie
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Sabine Frittella
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Michele M Piazzai
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Apostolos Tzimoulis
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Categorization systems are widely studied in psychology, sociology, and organization theory as information-structuring devices which are critical to decision-making processes. In the present paper, we introduce a sound and complete epistemic logic of categories and agents' categorical perception. The Kripke-style semantics of this logic is given in terms of data structures based on two domains: one domain representing objects (e.g. market products) and one domain representing the features of the objects which are relevant to the agents' decision-making. We use this framework to discuss and propose logic-based formalizations of some core concepts from psychological, sociological, and organizational research in catego-rization theory.
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hal-01509418 , version 1 (17-04-2017)


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Willem Conradie, Sabine Frittella, Alessandra Palmigiano, Michele M Piazzai, Apostolos Tzimoulis, et al.. Towards an epistemic-logical theory of categorization. 2017. ⟨hal-01509418⟩


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