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Cognitive Aspects of Color

Beretta, Giordano; Moroney, Nathan
HP Laboratories


Keyword(s): color names; color dictionary; color thesaurus; categorical perception

Abstract: Color is a perceptual phenomena that can be explored through psychometrics and modeling of attribute correlates. Color is also a cognitive phenomena that can be researched through color naming or categorization. We begin with a review of previous research, with an emphasis on the challenges and applications of this work. Building on a large unconstrained color naming corpus collected online from over 4,000 volunteers we demonstrate the long-tail of color naming and derive an online color interface tool based on the thesaurus model of synonyms and antonyms. To further improve the quality and quantity of the underlying naming corpus we introduce two novel feedback mechanisms to the Italian version of the online color thesaurus, instance based harvesting of missing names and optional user ranking of included names. This allows a more efficient creation of a higher quality color naming corpus.

26 Pages

Additional Publication Information: To be presented at Gruppo del Colore, Como (Italy), 17-19 September 2008

External Posting Date: September 15, 2008 [Fulltext]. Approved for External Publication
Internal Posting Date: September 15, 2008 [Fulltext]

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