Cognitive Mapping: Testing Application of Causal Algebra


This paper takes the basic mathematical operations required to manipulate the cognitive maps. This paper start by presenting all the values that a causal relationship can take. By the using of causal algebra, cognitive map (CC) become not only a graphical representation of a person’s beliefs, an agent or a particular area but also can capture the causal relationships existing between the concepts of a given system in a simple manner. Cognitive maps do not use a conventional algebra; algebra causal is needed to treat.

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Garoui, N. and Jarboui, A. (2012) Cognitive Mapping: Testing Application of Causal Algebra. Applied Mathematics, 3, 364-372. doi: 10.4236/am.2012.34057.

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