|To:||edbark@xxxxxxxx, "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>|
|Cc:||Tobias Kuhn <kuhntobias@xxxxxxxxx>|
|From:||Simon Spero <ses@xxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Thu, 10 Mar 2011 12:44:46 -0500|
On Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 11:58 AM, Ed Barkmeyer <edbark@xxxxxxxx> wrote:|
[Experts tend to be annoyed when the CNL interpreter complains about what they wrote, especially since its diagnostics only usually identify the syntactic point(s) at which it became confused, and its guidance for what might have been meant is not often helpful. The worst cases, however, are those in which what the expert writes is unambiguously parsed by the CNL intepreter, but the interpretation it makes is not at all what was intended.
Ed makes a critical point here. This is the core problem that Kuhn is addressing in the dissertation as a whole.
See §2.1.4, which gives an overview of the writability problem - "One of the biggest problems — if not the biggest problem — of CNLs is the diﬃculty to write statements that comply with the restrictions of the language.".
Chapter 5, which I mentioned earlier in this thread, is the part of the dissertation which describes the experiments that were done to measure the understandability of the CNL. Part of the methodology involves representing an ontology graphically. That should be catnip to John Sowa :-)
AceWiki is available at https://launchpad.net/acewiki , including the predictive editor. The latest release is version 0.5; the code is under active development, so the editor has had several improvements since the version described in the dissertation.
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