How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language

Posted On Jul 07, 2018


How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language

“The computer system may never be perfect, since some ambiguities can’t be resolved by any kind of formal analysis. In the sentence Jane ate spaghetti with relish, does relish refer to a condiment or to enthusiastic enjoyment? The enjoyment interpretation might make more sense if you have the real-world knowledge that relish is not a typical condiment for spaghetti. But if the sentence were Jane ate the hot dog with relish, the ambiguity would be even more pronounced.”

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Words with multiple meanings pose a special challenge to algorithms.