Reading Club Similarity (SS 2008)

General Information

  • For a general course description please read the corresponding pages from the WIAI module guide.
  • You find administrative information at UnivIS.
  • Participants should sign up for the course in the virtual campus.
  • This course addresses master students and doctoral students.
  • Together with Susanne Rässler (Statistik)



  • N. Goodman (1972). Seven strictures on similarity. In N. Goodman (Ed.), Problems and Projects (pp. 437-446). New York: Bobbs-Merill.
  • Eckes, T. (1991). Psychologie der Begriffe. Göttingen: Hogrefe.
  • Eckes, T. und Rossbach, H. (1980). Clusteranalysen. Kohlhammer.

Further literature, esp. recent articels to special topics will be proposed at the first session.

Proposal of Topics

  • Philosophical Aspcets of Similarity
  • Psychological Theories of Similarity and Categorization
  • Similarity Metrics 
  • Approaches to Assesment and Measurement of Similarity
  • Clusteranalyses
  • Multidimensional Scaling
  • Measures for Tree and Graph Similarity 
  • Similarity and Analogy
  • Classifiyer Learning


(Note that most slides are only available via the VC course page)

  • Stefanie Sieber: Einführung in die Ähnlichkeitsmessung [pdf]
  • Sebastian Matyas: Clusteranalyse [ppt]
  • Daniel Blank: Multidimensionale Skalierung im Bildretrieval
  • Adrian Hub: Vergleich von Distanzmaßen
  • Martin Hofmann: Strukturähnlichkeit [pdf]
  • Sebastian Matyas: Psychologische Grundlagen von Ähnlichkeitsurteilen [pdf]

Previous Topics

  • SS 2007: Automated Theorem Proving with Isabelle (together with Theoretical Computer Science) [Archiv Page]
  • SS 2006: Support Vector Machines [Archiv Page]

Support Vector Machines  [SS 06], Deductive Theorem Proving [SS 07]