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body babbling
 n.— «To begin the learning process, the UC San Diego researchers directed the Einstein robot head (Hanson Robotics’ Einstein Head) to twist and turn its face in all directions, a process called “body babbling.” During this period the robot could see itself on a mirror and analyze its own expression using facial expression detection software created at UC San Diego called CERT (Computer Expression Recognition Toolbox). This provided the data necessary for machine learning algorithms to learn a mapping between facial expressions and the movements of the muscle motors.» —“Robot Learns to Smile and Frown (w/ Video)” PhysOrg.com (Evergreen, Virginia) July 8, 2009. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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