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Re: [ontolog-forum] Requirements of computer language semantics

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From: "Richard H. McCullough" <rhm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2009 11:13:48 -0700
Message-id: <64E95E9D84334CE08E996FDDB65C0A09@rhm8200>
I have something that might help you.
"google2mkr" is a UNIX shell script which
translates Google's basic output structure
into mKR.
I did try to find out about Google's internal categories,
which I assumed were something like the Open Directory
categories which Google used in the early days.
But I was very disappointed to find that the category
labels were always missing in Google search output.
If you look at Google's starting search pages today, e.g.,
the Firefox start page, you will see that the broad
Open Directory categories have been replaced by
cascading short menus of more focused searches.
Dick McCullough
Ayn Rand do speak od mKR done;
mKE do enhance od Real Intelligence done;
knowledge := man do identify od existent done;
knowledge haspart proposition list;
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Sent: Saturday, March 21, 2009 10:29 AM
Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] Requirements of computer language semantics


On 3/21/09 9:50 AM, "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Google, for example, became a multibillion-dollar company very
quickly, despite the fact that they have no semantics for the terms
they search for.

This is sort of true but not entirely.  Having studied Google since day 1, I have found that they do offer rudimentary disambiguation where terms may have a plurality of meanings.  These are often grouped by upper layers of classifications.  They do retain several ontologists on their staff.  Try a search for washington.


Note that the first result page real estate is divided among several types of ?washington? (DC, Uni, George, state, etc.).  This overrides their normal dynamic algorithms that track what users click and elevate those pages in ranking.  Someone has modified the results to ensure a balanced cross section of Washington samples.

I am working on trying to decipher some of the codes to find out more about how it works.


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