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Mini-Nuggets: Natural Language Understanding

Scott Fahlman,   May 12, 2008
Categories:  Natural Language    

Sometimes it is useful to post an article that is just a collection of mini-nuggets: a set of propositions, perhaps with some minimal explanation for each, on a given topic. The idea is to sketch out an overall approach or point of view quickly, without getting bogged down in a lot of detail or in […]

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An Article About Articles

Scott Fahlman,   April 29, 2008
Categories:  Natural Language    

In an earlier article, I argued that natural language is really all about meaning. There are many things you can do with natural language that stop short of trying to extract and represent what the words and sentences actually mean. Some of these knowledge-free applications are of great practical value, but they are all dancing […]

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Natural Language: It’s All About Meaning

Scott Fahlman,   March 27, 2008
Categories:  Natural Language    

Human language is, fundamentally, a tool for identifying a piece of meaning – some symbolic knowledge structure – in my mind and building a good, effective approximation of that knowledge in your mind. The necessary information must be transferred across a narrow, noisy, linear channel: modulated sound waves or (just in the last few thousand […]

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