Computational models of analogical problem solving have traditionally described source and target domains in terms of their causal structure. But psychological research shows that visual reasoning plays a part for many kinds of analogies. This paper describes a model that transfers a solution from a source analog to a new target problem using only visual knowledge represented symbolically. The knowledge representation is based on a language of primitive visual elements and transformations. We found that visual knowledge is sufficient for transfer, but that causal knowledge is needed to determine if the transferred solution is appropriate.

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Conference 17th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI 2001
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Davies, J, & Goel, A.K. (Ashok K.). (2001). Visual analogy in problem solving. In IJCAI International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (pp. 377–382).