Symbols diffuse in latent space

The most frequent words denoting colors consistently encompass the entire perceptual color space across languages. The phonemes employed by the speakers of a language are consistently spread out over the entire articulatory space. This systematic diffusion might be caused by the increased value of symbolic discriminability and between-subject categorical consistency. Regularization constraints are often intentionally engineered into machine learning models, such as in variational autoencoders, in order to force representations to uniformly span the latent space.

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