A Bayesian Model of Pedagogical Reasoning

Patrick Shafto, Noah Goodman

Much of learning and reasoning occurs in pedagogical situations -- situations in which teachers choose examples with the goal of having a learner infer the concept the teacher has in mind. In this paper, we present a model of teaching and learning in pedagogical settings which predicts what examples teachers should choose and what learners should infer given a teachers' examples. We present experimental results affirming the predictions of the pedagogical model and discuss future directions.

Submitted: Sep 3, 2008