Automatic parsing and fact retrieval : a comment on grammar, paraphrase, and meaning

by J. B. Robinson

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A consideration of the development of an automatic parsing grammar as part of a fact retrieval system. The aim of automated parsing (machine analysis) of sentences is to enable an electronic computer to manipulate and process information received in the form of natural English sentences. This Memorandum contends that, through the refinement of parsing grammers, insights can be gained into the nature of meaning, for example, in the creating of a paraphrase. These insights can then be used in the development of fact retrieval systems receiving requests and giving responses in natural English. A consideration of the development of an automatic parsing grammar as part of a fact retrieval system. The aim of automated parsing (machine analysis) of sentences is to enable an electronic computer to manipulate and process information received in the form of natural English sentences. This Memorandum contends that, through the refinement of parsing grammars, insights can be gained into the nature of meaning, for example, in the creating of a paraphrase. These insights can then be used in the development of fact retrieval systems receiving requests and giving responses in natural English. (See also RM-3339-PR.) 60 pp. Bibliog.

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