symbolic representation

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A form of knowledge representation in which arbitrary symbols or structures are used to stand for the things that are represented, and the representations therefore do not resemble the things that they represent. Natural language (apart from onomatopoeic expressions) is the most familiar example of symbolic representation. Also called propositional representation. Compare analogue (2). [From Greek symbolon a token + -ikos of, relating to, or resembling]

Subjects: Psychology.

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