On Thursday January 21 2010, Phani Chaitanya wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 1:48 PM, Jim Rhyne <
> jrr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > It appears that I misunderstood the question you were raising.
> > XML, RDF, … are symbolic representation systems with a syntactic
> > structure.
> > Semantics is added manipulation and translation of the structure.
> > In language, semantics is the application of meaning to a sequence
> > of words. In logic, semantics could be a proof theory or a model
> > system. In IT, semantics would be the processing of the symbols
> > (e.g. to create an account balance).
> > There is not a general answer to the question “what is semantics?”
> > What definition of semantics were you looking for?
> > Jim
> I'm looking for the meaning to a sequence of words. Because when we
> say machines are able to process information on web there should be
> some mechanism for inferring the meaning to a sequence of words. And
> how are we able to achieve that with RDF etc. (01)
By "sequence of words" do you mean a natural-language speech act?
I don't see that as a part of what people mean when they talk about
"process[ing] information on the web." (02)
The whole point of the Semantic Web, at least as I understand it, is to
encode information in universal format (RDF) conforming to a schema
that is based in a logic (OWL's description logics). The idea is to
make the semantic content explicit and unambiguous, which is far
from the case with natural language. (03)
Randall Schulz (04)
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