On 31/03/2011 9:27 AM, John F. Sowa wrote:
> On 3/31/2011 3:12 AM, Chris Partridge wrote:
>> One can regard a term, 'bank' as a type whose tokens are all its
>> all its utterances/inscriptions. In this case, the relationship
>> is many to many. Or, one can have a finer grained conception.
> Please note that when we are talking about terminologies, we are
> *not* talking about unrestricted natural language. Another term
> for such lists is 'controlled vocabulary', which is the first
> step toward a controlled NL -- or an ontology.
> Professional terminologists have had many years of training
> in lexicography and applied linguistics. Their terminologies
> may contain single words like 'hydrogen', but they will never
> contain a single word like 'bank'. For such things, they'll use
> multi-word phrases, such as 'savings bank', 'investment bank',
> 'credit union', or some supertype, such as 'financial institution'.
or data bank or sand bank
> Fact Guru has also been used by SMEs who are not professional
> terminologists. One example is the classification of Canadian
> animals, which was written was Skuce's 9-year-old daughter. She
> used the terminology from a book _The Mammals of Canada_ and a
> web site of the Canadian Wildlife Service:
> For another example, see the Astronomy knowledge base, which was
> written by John Talbot and illustrates more features of FG:
> The point I'm trying to make is that a good terminology has
> taken a critical step away from the wild and woolly issues
> of unrestricted NLs.
> Furthermore, many well written textbooks and web sites developed
> by domain experts (e.g., _The Mammals of Canada_ and the web site
> for the Canadian Wildlife Service) are sufficiently accurate that
> anyone who is as smart as a fifth grader can use a tool like FG.
One good thing about popular reality shows is that we now understand how
few people actually fit into that category.
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