Quick approximation of bivariate functions


  • Courrieu Pierre

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This paper presents two experiments where participants had to approximate function values at various generalization points of a square, using given function values at a small set of data points. A representative set of standard function approximation models was trained to exactly fit the function values at data points, and models responses at generalization points were compared to those of humans. Then one defined a large class of possible models (including the best two identified predictors) and the class maximal possible prediction accuracy was evaluated. A new model of quick multivariate function approximation belonging to this class was proposed. Its prediction accuracy was close to the maximum possible, and significantly better than that of all other models tested. The new model also provided a significant account of human response variability. Finally, it was shown that this model is more particularly suitable for problems in which the visual system can perform some specific structuring of the data space. This model is therefore considered as a suitable starting point for further investigations into quick multivariate function approximation, which is to date an inadequately explored question in cognitive psychology.

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