On 9/10/08 8:23 AM, Rob Freeman wrote:
> You've caught me out. I haven't been following Ontolog. Why are you
> replying now to this early message from a long thread eight months
Probably because I just changed email servers, and it somehow
popped up where I hadnt noticed it before. Just ignore it, sorry. (01)
> Do you think it is relevant to something on Ontolog recently? What
> caused you to suddenly bring it up again?
> Perhaps someone could give me a quick summary of what's been discussed
> on Ontolog over the last eight months.
> On Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 8:50 AM, Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Rob Freeman wrote:
>>> Pat Hayes, and anyone else looking for ways to extract meaning from the Web.
>>> General meaningful classes are accessible by clustering words on their
>>> context. Classes found in that way don't have names until you give
>>> them names, and we have still have no way of reasoning with them
>> Exactly. These are not classes in any sense useful for ontology
>>> , but
>>> basic meaningful classes can be found.
>>> See for instance Hinrich Schuetze's "Dimensions of Meaning":
>>> I don't see why it should not prove possible to reason with classes so
>> You may be right. However, this paper was written in 1991, and AFAIK
>> nobody in the intervening 17 years has yet come up with any way to
>> perform such reasoning. Until someone does, I will not hold my breath.
>>> I believe indeed that natural language can be thought of as a
>>> formal system over such classes (a formal system as distinct from a
>> You may believe what you like, but the overwhelming empirical evidence
>> suggests that natural language is not a formal system of any kind. But
>> I would be delighted if you could prove this wrong, by demonstrating
>> that it is indeed a formal system.
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