Content-addressed or associative memory refers to a memory
organization in which the memory is accessed by its content (as opposed
to an explicit address). Thus, reference clues are "associated" with actual
memory contents until a desirable match (or set of matches) is found.
Production systems are obvious
examples of systems that employ such a memory.
Associative memory stands as the most likely model for cognitive
memories, as well. Humans retrieve information best when it can be
linked to other related information. This linking is fast, direct and
labyrinthian in the sense that the memory map is many-to-many and
Associative Memory is a primary property of the
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