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Author: Gauvrit, Nicolas
Soler Toscano, Fernando
Zenil, Hector
Department: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Filosofía y Lógica y Filosofía de la Ciencia
Date: 2014
Published in: Visual cognition, 22 (8), 1084-1091.
Document type: Article
Abstract: Humans are sensitive to complexity and regularity in patterns (Falk & Konold, 1997; Yamada, Kawabe, & Miyazaki, 2013). The subjective perception of pattern complexity is correlated to algorithmic (or Kolmogorov-Chaitin) complexity as defined in computer science (Li & Vitányi, 2008), but also to the frequency of naturally occurring patterns (Hsu, Griffiths, & Schreiber, 2010). However, the possible mediational role of natural frequencies in the perception of algorithmic complexity remains unclear. Here we reanalyze Hsu et al. (2010) through a mediational analysis, and complement their results in a new experiment. We conclude that human perception of complexity seems partly shaped by natural scenes statistics, thereby establishing a link between the perception of complexity and the effect of natural scene statistics.
Cite: Gauvrit, N., Soler Toscano, F. y Zenil, H. (2014). Natural scene statistics mediate the perception of image complexity. Visual cognition, 22 (8), 1084-1091.
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DOI: 10.1080/13506285.2014.950365

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