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Assimilation of New Information by a Natural Language Understanding System

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Show simple item record McDermott, Drew V. en_US 2004-10-20T20:04:27Z 2004-10-20T20:04:27Z 1974-02-01 en_US
dc.identifier.other AITR-291 en_US
dc.description.abstract This work describes a program, called TOPLE, which uses a procedural model of the world to understand simple declarative sentences. It accepts sentences in a modified predicate calculus symbolism, and uses plausible reasoning to visualize scenes, resolve ambiguous pronoun and noun phrase references, explain events, and make conditional predications. Because it does plausible deduction, with tentative conclusions, it must contain a formalism for describing its reasons for its conclusions and what the alternatives are. When an inconsistency is detected in its world model, it uses its recorded information to resolve it, one way or another. It uses simulation techniques to make deductions about creatures motivation and behavior, assuming they are goal-directed beings like itself. en_US
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dc.title Assimilation of New Information by a Natural Language Understanding System en_US

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