Markov Chain Monte Carlo with People¶
Markov Chain Monte Carlo with People (MCMCP) is a method for uncovering mental representations that exploits an equivalence between a model of human choice behavior and an element of an MCMC algorithm. This demo replicates Experiment 3 of Sanborn, Griffiths, & Shiffrin (2010), which applies MCMCP to four natural categories, providing estimates of the distributions over animal shapes that people associate with giraffes, horses, cats, and dogs.
Sanborn, A. N., Griffiths, T. L., & Shiffrin, R. M. (2010). Uncovering mental representations with Markov chain Monte Carlo. Cognitive Psychology, 60(2), 63-106.