The Coffee Story
To see how distributed representations can include compositional structure, consider a connectionist representation of coffee.
The representation can be obtained by subtracting a vector representing the microfeatures of cup from a vector representing the microfeatures of cup-with-coffee.

The resulting representation of coffee is context sensitive in a nonclassical way. It is a representation of coffee in the context of a cup.

Paul Smolensky, 1988a.
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The Coffee Story
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