Toward an epistemic-logical theory of categorization

Willem Conradie, Sabine Frittella, Alessandra Palmigiano, Michele Piazzai, Apostolos Tzimoulis, Nachoem M. Wijnberg

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Abstract

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 categorization theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages167-186
Number of pages20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2017
Event16th Conference on Theoretical Aspects of Rationality and Knowledge, TARK 2017 - Liverpool, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Jul 201726 Jul 2017

Conference

Conference16th Conference on Theoretical Aspects of Rationality and Knowledge, TARK 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLiverpool
Period24/07/1726/07/17

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    Conradie, W., Frittella, S., Palmigiano, A., Piazzai, M., Tzimoulis, A., & Wijnberg, N. M. (2017). Toward an epistemic-logical theory of categorization. 167-186. Paper presented at 16th Conference on Theoretical Aspects of Rationality and Knowledge, TARK 2017, Liverpool, United Kingdom. https://doi.org/10.4204/EPTCS.251.12