Commonsensical/kid-centric properties of cognition

Schank, Roger, Dynamic Memory Revisited (1999), Preface, Pg. viii. Schank says that “someone has to get a computer to know what a human knows about using a toaster or playing baseball”. Comments :  Children understand things at just the right level – not absolutely shallow, as in rote memory, and obviously not too deep. How doContinue reading “Commonsensical/kid-centric properties of cognition”

Commonsense and Logic : a concise theory

Here is a long-standing phenomenon (problem, perhaps) in Commonsense Reasoning – commonsense v/s logic. While interpreting any data, there are a lot of possible ways to do it in. These possibilities are logical possibilities. But in everyday life, commonsense takes over, and makes us choose the “commonsensical” possibility. For example, if someone says to you (say,Continue reading “Commonsense and Logic : a concise theory”

Linguistic Completeness of Informati

I propose a method for determining the “Linguistic completeness of information” in a given piece of text.Meanings of words are either dependent upon other entities and concepts or not. For example, suppose I use the word ‘gave’. Now, ‘gave’ means transfer of something from one place to another. This invokes the dependence or attachment of thisContinue reading “Linguistic Completeness of Informati”

A way to represent words

This is a way to represent words in language, on a computer.  Take a number. Say 100. I can do logical / computational operations on it, like – taking its half, taking its factorial, its square root etc. But take a word, say, ‘boy’. Can I do operations on it? Can I take (boy)! orContinue reading “A way to represent words”

A philosophical question

Why does man converse? (I am not asking – how come man converses?)Is just one of these 2 reasons true?  1) Is conversation just an “intelligent action”? That is, an intellectual activity; a “subset” of intelligence. Man understands himself (his systemic make-up) and that of others of his kind, i.e. the relation of something like “speech”Continue reading “A philosophical question”

MODIFICATION OF MINSKY’S FRAMES : Mechanism for commonsense

Minsky says that – “When one encounters a new situation (or makes a substantial change in one’s view of the present problem) one selects from memory a structure called a Frame. This is a remembered framework to be adapted to fit reality by changing details as necessary. A frame is a data-structure for representing a stereotyped situation, like beingContinue reading “MODIFICATION OF MINSKY’S FRAMES : Mechanism for commonsense”

A super-simple NLP idea

Consider these major parts of speech –  N V Ad Adv Art Prep Conj  7P2 i.e. 42 such permutations. E.g. –  N V V Adv Prep Adv etc. For each pair, write the general, elaborate meaning.  E.g. (Proper N) + (V) – John called Such a meaning of this fragment (pair) is –  ‘A person named NContinue reading “A super-simple NLP idea”

What ‘commonsense’ is this?

Consider this sentence someone tells you –  The doctors did the surgery quickly. There are obviously 2 parts to the cognition of this sentence –  1) In cognition, we, first, obviously consider / understand what is given explicitly (that there were more than one doctor, they did a surgery, they did it quickly etc. ThisContinue reading “What ‘commonsense’ is this?”