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Computational Homology

Sergio Balari and Guillermo Lorenzo

in Computational Phenotypes

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199665464
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746116 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665464.003.0005

Series: Oxford Studies in Biolinguistics

Computational Homology

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This chapter justifies a “computational level” of biological analysis and present the concepts of “computational homology” and “computype,” which pave the way to their thesis that FL can be homologized with an extremely large natural class of “computational systems,” most probably extending to the whole family of vertebrates, no matter the behaviors these systems underlie and the benefits they provide in each particular case. The chapter also offers a detailed presentation of the architectural organization of the organ that the text identifies as the computational system, as well as a proposal concerning its anatomical basis, with a basic distinction between a sequencer/basal component and a working memory/cortical component.

Keywords: homology; computation; formal languages; Chomsky hierarchy; basal ganglia; cortical memory networks; computational phenotypes

Chapter.  8957 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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