Tuesday, 27 September 2011

New Mathematical Model to Enable Web Searches for Meaning

A new theory of meaning which has the potential to enable web searches that interpret the actual meaning of queries rather than just searching for words or phrases, has been developed by Dr Daoud Clarke.

In a paper published online in Computational Linguistics, Dr Clarke describes how he has built a mathematical model based on the idea that the meaning of words and phrases is determined by the contexts in which they occur.

“This is an old idea, with its origin in the philosophy of Wittgenstein, and was later taken up by linguists,” said Dr Clarke, “but this is the first time that someone has used it to construct a comprehensive theory of meaning.”

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