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Re: [ontolog-forum] language ambiguity (was: Axiomatic ontology)

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From: "Rob Freeman" <lists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 09:21:22 +0800
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The most ambitious effort I know of along the lines of using classical
NLP to try and label the Web for meaning is the very trendy new Web
startup Powerset:    (01)

http://www.powerset.com    (02)

As I recall they have got funding in the area of $10+ M to index the
whole Web. They've bought rights to PARC's NLP technology.    (03)

Are people here aware of that company?    (04)

I have a soft spot for any NLP effort, but anyone who has seen my
posts here will probably realize I think they have got the problem
exactly the wrong way around. Instead of using NLP to help with
search, I think they should be using something like search to fix NLP
(and improve search at the same time.)    (05)

But that's another story. The effort is interesting.    (06)

-Rob    (07)

On Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 7:29 PM,  <matthew.west@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Dear Pat,
> This looks somewhat similar to what I have seen from a couple of EC funded
> research projects I was a reviewer for over the last several years. There is
> no doubt that if you consider this sort of thing to be a tool for computer
> assisted ontology development, then it can be very helpful, particularly
> where we are talking about extracting brute facts. However, if you are
> talking about more general ontology extraction, then of course the ontolgoy
> produced is going to be no better than that of the document considered, and
> there are the usual issues with ambiguity that computers usually struggle
> with, especially using words with different senses in close proximity.
> Regards
> Matthew West    (08)

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