steven t. piantadosi

about

I am an assistant professor at the University of Rochester, where I head colala, the Computation and Language Lab.

I am an NCSE Steve who really likes free software, wikipedia, and accordions.

My research uses formal computational methods and behavioral experiments to study how people learn and process language. You can read about some work here and here.

cv

A current CV is available here.

phd thesis

My thesis studied learning in language of thought models, in which learners compose simple functions in order to express complex concepts like those needed for natural language. [read it here]. A precis is available here.

data + code

All data and code from papers published and in progress is available upon request.

Please see the resources page on colala for links to current projects.

papers

under review
[52]Four problems solved by the inductive Language of Thought (Steven T. Piantadosi, Robbie Jacobs), In , under review. [bibtex] [email]
[51]Extraordinary intelligence and the care of newborns (S.T. Piantadosi, Celeste Kidd), In , under review. [bibtex] [email]
[50]Utility-free models of binomial choice can replicate predictions of utility models in many conditions (S.T. Piantadosi, B. Hayden), In , under review. [bibtex] [email]
[49]The logical primitives of thought: Empirical foundations for compositional cognitive models (S.T. Piantadosi, J.B. Tenenbaum, N.D. Goodman), In , under review. [bibtex] [email]
[48]Lexical prescriptivism reduces communicative efficiency (S.T. Piantadosi, K. Mahowald, C. Kidd, R. Futrell, E. Gibson), In , under review. [bibtex] [email]
[47] Compositional reasoning in early childhood (S.T. Piantadosi, R. Aslin), In , under review. [bibtex] [pdf]
[46] A rational analysis of the approximate number system (S.T. Piantadosi), In , under review. [bibtex] [pdf]
[45] Limits on composition of conceptual operations in 9-month-olds (S.T. Piantadosi, Holly Palmeri, R. Aslin), In , under review. [bibtex] [pdf]
[44] Modeling the acquisition of quantifier semantics: a case study in function word learnability (S.T. Piantadosi, N. Goodman, J.B. Tenenbaum), In , under review. [bibtex] [pdf]
[43]Cortico-striatal interactions during model-based reward learning (Eric M. Miller, S.T. Piantadosi, Noah Goodman, Samuel M. McClure), In , under review. [bibtex] [email]
[42]Lexical clustering in efficient language design (K. Mahowald, I. Dautriche, E. Gibson, A. Christophe, S.T. Piantadosi), In , under review. [bibtex] [email]
[41]Native Amazonian Children Forego Egalitarianism When They Learn to Count (Julian Jara-Ettinger, E. Gibson, C. Kidd, S.T. Piantadosi), In , under review. [bibtex] [email]
[40]Mastery of the logic of cardinality is not the result of mastery of counting: Evidence from the Tsimane' of Bolivia (Julian Jara-Ettinger, Steven T. Piantadosi, Elizabeth Spelke, Roger Levy, Edward Gibson), In , under review. [bibtex] [email]
[39]Task effects in cross-cultural research: Computerized experiments can yield misleading results in non-industrialized populations (E. Gibson, S.T. Piantadosi, J. Jara-Ettinger, R. Levy), In , under review. [bibtex] [email]
[38] Erroneous analyses drive the reported reading time effects in Hackl, Koster-Hale & Varvoutis (2012) (E. Gibson, K. Mahowald, S.T. Piantadosi, R. Levy), In , under review. [bibtex] [pdf]
submitted
[37] Towards semantically rich and recursive word learning models (Francis Mollica, S.T. Piantadosi), In Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society, submitted. [bibtex] [pdf]
[36] The perceptual foundation of linguistic context (Francis Mollica, S.T. Piantadosi, Michael K. Tanenhaus), In Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society, submitted. [bibtex] [pdf]
[35] Inferring the Tsimane's use of color categories from recognition memory (Pernille Hemmer, Kimele Persaud, Celeste Kidd, S.T. Piantadosi), In Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society, submitted. [bibtex] [pdf]
[34] Cognition in reach: continuous statistical inference in optimal motor planning (Santiago Alonso-Diaz, Jessica Cantlon, S.T. Piantadosi), In Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society, submitted. [bibtex] [pdf]
in press
[33] Efficient estimation of Weber's W (Steven T. Piantadosi), In Behavior Research Methods, in press. [bibtex] [pdf]
[32] A pragmatic account of complexity in definite Antecedent-Contained-Deletion relative clauses (E. Gibson, P. Jacobson, P. Graff, K. Mahowald, E. Fedorenko, S.T. Piantadosi), In Journal of Semantics, in press. [bibtex] [pdf]
[31]The origins of counting algorithms (J. Cantlon, S.T. Piantadosi, S. Ferrigno, K.D. Hughes, A. Barnard), In Psychological Science, in press. [bibtex] [email]
2014
[30] Rich analysis and rational models: Inferring individual behavior from infant looking data (S.T. Piantadosi, C. Kidd, R.N. Aslin), In Developmental Science, 2014. [bibtex] [pdf]
[29] Quantitative Standards for Absolute Linguistic Universals (Steven T. Piantadosi, Edward Gibson), In Cognitive Science, volume 38, 2014. [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[28] Children's learning of number words in an indigenous farming-foraging group (S.T. Piantadosi, Julian Jara-Ettinger, Edward Gibson), In Developmental Science, volume 17, 2014. [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[27] Zipf’s word frequency law in natural language: A critical review and future directions (Steven T. Piantadosi), In Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Springer US, volume 21, 2014. [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[26] The Goldilocks Effect in Infant Auditory Attention (Celeste Kidd, Steven T. Piantadosi, Richard N. Aslin), In Child Development, 2014. [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
2013
[25]Information content versus word length in natural language: A reply to Ferrer-i-Cancho and Moscoso del Prado Martin [arXiv:1209.1751] (S. T. Piantadosi, H. Tily, E. Gibson), In ArXiv e-prints, 2013. [bibtex]
[24] Put your money where your mouth is: Incentivizing the Truth by Making Nonreplicability Costly (C. Rieth, S.T. Piantadosi, K. Smith, E. Vul), In European Journal of Personality, 2013. [bibtex] [pdf]
[23] The rational integration of noise and prior semantic expectation: Evidence for a noisy-channel model of sentence interpretation (E. Gibson, L. Bergen, S.T. Piantadosi), In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, volume 11, 2013. [bibtex] [pdf]
2012
[22] A corpus analysis of Pirahã grammar: An investigation of recursion (S.T. Piantadosi, L. Stearns, D. Everett, E. Gibson), In Talk presented at the LSA (by E. Gibson)., 2012. [bibtex] [pdf]
[21] Bootstrapping in a language of thought: a formal model of numerical concept learning (S.T. Piantadosi, J.B. Tenenbaum, N.D Goodman), In Cognition, volume 123, 2012. [bibtex] [pdf]
[20]Info/information theory: speakers actively choose shorter words in predictable contexts. (K. Mahowald, E. Fedorenko, S.T. Piantadosi, E. Gibson), In Cognition, volume 126, 2012. [bibtex]
[19] The Goldilocks Effect: Human Infants Allocate Attention to Visual Sequences That Are Neither Too Simple Nor Too Complex (C. Kidd, S.T. Piantadosi, R.N. Aslin), In PLoS ONE, 2012. [bibtex] [pdf]
[18] Quantitative methods in syntax / semantics research: A response to Sprouse & Almeida (E. Gibson, S.T. Piantadosi, E. Fedorenko), In Language and Cognitive Processes, 2012. [bibtex] [pdf]
[17] A noisy-channel account of crosslinguistic word order variation (E. Gibson, S.T. Piantadosi, K. Brink, L. Bergen, E. Lim, R. Saxe), In Psychological Science, volume 24, 2012. [bibtex] [pdf]
[16] Processing Relative Clauses in Supportive Contexts (E. Fedorenko, S. Piantadosi, E. Gibson), In Cognitive Science, Wiley Online Library, volume 36, 2012. [bibtex] [pdf]
[15] The interaction of syntactic and lexical information sources in language processing: The case of the noun--verb ambiguity (E. Fedorenko, S.T. Piantadosi, E. Gibson), In Journal of Cognitive Science, 2012. [bibtex] [pdf]
2011
[14] Word lengths are optimized for efficient communication (S.T. Piantadosi, H. Tily, E. Gibson), In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, National Acad Sciences, volume 108, 2011. [bibtex] [pdf]
[13] Reply to Reilly and Kean: Clarifications on word length and information content (S.T. Piantadosi, H. Tily, E. Gibson), In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, National Acad Sciences, volume 108, 2011. [bibtex] [pdf]
[12] Learning and the language of thought. (S.T. Piantadosi), PhD thesis, MIT, 2011. [bibtex] [pdf]
[11] The communicative function of ambiguity in language (S.T. Piantadosi, H. Tily, E. Gibson), In Cognition, volume 122, 2011. [bibtex] [pdf]
[10] Using Mechanical Turk to Obtain and Analyze English Acceptability Judgments (E. Gibson, S.T. Piantadosi, K. Fedorenko), In Language and Linguistics Compass, Wiley Online Library, volume 5, 2011. [bibtex] [pdf]
2010
[9] How the Dimension of Space Affects the Products of Pre-Biotic Evolution: The Spatial Population Dynamics of Structural Complexity and The Emergence of Membranes (S.T. Piantadosi, J.P. Crutchfield), In Santa Fe Institute Working Paper arXiv:1010.5019, 2010. [bibtex] [pdf]
[8] Beyond Boolean logic: exploring representation languages for learning complex concepts (S.T. Piantadosi, J.B. Tenenbaum, N.D. Goodman), In Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 2010. [bibtex] [pdf]
[7] The Goldilocks Effect: Infants' preference for visual stimuli that are neither too predictable nor too surprising (C. Kidd, S.T. Piantadosi, R.N. Aslin), In Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 2010. [bibtex] [pdf]
2009
[6] Refer efficiently: Use less informative expressions for more predictable meanings (H. Tily, ST Piantadosi), In Proceedings of the workshop on the production of referring expressions: Bridging the gap between computational and empirical approaches to reference, 2009. [bibtex] [pdf]
[5] The communicative lexicon hypothesis (S.T. Piantadosi, H.J. Tily, E. Gibson), In Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 2009. [bibtex] [pdf]
2008
[4] Symbolic dynamics on free groups (S.T. Piantadosi), In Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems, volume 20, 2008. [bibtex] [pdf]
[3] A Bayesian model of the acquisition of compositional semantics (S.T. Piantadosi, N.D. Goodman, B.A. Ellis, J.B. Tenenbaum), In Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 2008. [bibtex] [pdf]
2006
[2] Symbolic Dynamics on Free Groups (S.T. Piantadosi), In Senior Honors Thesis, 2006. [bibtex] [pdf]
[1] Computation with opaque representation (S.T. Piantadosi), In Unpublished paper, 2006. [bibtex] [pdf]