The goal of this dissertation is to integrate learning and analogy-making. Although learning and analogy-making both have long histories as active areas of research in cognitive science, not enough attention has been given to the ways in which they may interact. To that end, this project focuses on developing a computer program, called Analogator, that learns to make analogies by seeing examples of many different analogy problems and their solutions. That is, it learns to make analogies by analogy. This approach stands in contrast to most existing computational models of analogy in which particular analogical mechanisms are assumed a priori to exist. Rather than assuming certain principles about analogy-making mechanisms, the goal of the Analogator project is to learn what it means to make an analogy. This unique notion is the focus of this dissertation.
Blank, Douglas S., "Learning to See Analogies: A Connectionist Exploration." (Ph.D. diss., Indiana University, 1997).