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Re: [ontolog-forum] A flow chart with open-source NLP tools

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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:27:00 -0400
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On 9/28/2014 3:52 PM, Kingsley Idehen wrote:
> Here's a collection of statements that associate the YouTube
> video with NLP which is identified by the HTTP URI
> <https://twitter.com/hashtag/NLP#this>    (01)

That is a bad example, for several reasons:    (02)

  1. The kind of NLP that the URI points to happens to be a video about
     Neuro-Linguistic Programming, not Natural Language Processing.    (03)

  2. As Wikipedia says about that NLP, "The balance of scientific
     evidence reveals NLP to be a largely discredited pseudoscience."
     See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuro-linguistic_programming .    (04)

  3. If you need further evidence to support point #2, note that the
     cover slide of that video shows an outline of a human head with
     the brain highlighted.  Unfortunately, whoever made that slide
     inserted the brain into the head *backwards* -- it may have been
     a careless mistake, but nobody in that organization noticed.    (05)

As another example of ambiguous acronyms, there was an AI course in the
agricultural branch of some university (it might have been Texas A & M).
But it was about a different subject:  Artificial Insemination.    (06)

Yet the course description was actually quite appropriate.  If you
made a global replacement of 'knowledge' for 'semen', you'd get
a description of methods for knowledge acquisition and application.    (07)

John    (08)

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