On inspection, this looks to be purely a data structure
description, i.e., on the order of tries and linked lists, rather than a
significant rendition of Peirce's conceptual notion. And it looks like it
addresses primarily ways to link sequences, mainly sequences of character data,
into a graph structure that minimizes structuring/representation of
tokens. That in itself could be good, if in fact it is better than
I had to poke around to find any accessible paper, but the
following paper turned up, which had the most information that I could find on
for Recognizing Errors in a Dataset Using a Computer Memory Resident Data
Structure Based on the Phaneron of C. S. Peirce."
The examples given in this paper are word
and phrase sequences of characters, i.e., character sequences constituting words
and then those word-sequences constituting sentence sequences, and apparently so
forth upward. However, there is no notion of semantics at all: it is purely a
syntactic data structure. To think that syntactic sequences will somehow lead to
a schema-less and semantics-free data modeling capability seems to me naive.
Also, I don't understand the paper's notion of "variable". What kind of variable
I think this is possibly a useful data
structure for representing uninterpreted (syntactic) data, and only that.
Does anyone think that the third
(interpretant) is really anything like the interpretation of the sign? I think
this is mumbo-jumbo utilizing the phraseology of Peirce. What can one make
of the following, for example:
"To make the discussion less abstract the symbols from the alphabet
are used as the initial SIGN-nodes or sensors and diagrammed as events from the
text universe." There is
a lot of quoting from Peirce, but as always, such implicit appeals to authority
find short-shrift in this forum -- or at least, I hope they
But I invite folks to weigh in on this topic. Perhaps
you see more than I do. Please do correct me if I am wrong in my interpretation.
Is there any semantic value in this?
scares me that this data structure has been patented.
interpretation: this is hogwash if it is promoted more than the syntactic data
structure that it is.
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