RE: guaranteeing friendliness [more about reaching AGI now that Ben has improved the thread]

From: Herb Martin (HerbM@LearnQuick.Com)
Date: Sun Dec 04 2005 - 16:59:21 MST

> From: David Picon Alvarez
> From: "Herb Martin" <HerbM@LearnQuick.Com>
> > Do you have any particular references (preferably online)
> > for "text summarization" -- that is, the ability to extract
> > summaries or to paraphrase text and information?
> Not exactly text summarization, but I'd advice you to check
> the Pascal's
> (nothing to do with the language) automated recognition of textual
> entailment challenge.
> The idea is to generate an automatic process by which a
> sentence can be
> recognized to be logically entailed from another. For
> example: Jane works as
> an electrician in the weekends entails Jane is an
> electrician, Jane is a
> human, etc. (Note that entailment itself generally has some
> common sense
> issues, Jane could be a robot, but we'd hardly consider this
> at the moment.)

Thank you.

I also found that the "Publications" link (on practically
every page at the Pascal site) was full of interesting articles,
probably more than I can read quickly.

Just knowing the word "entailment", and how it is used
technically, is a boon to searching.

Herb Martin
> I was doing some undergraduate-level work on this stuff, and 
> the existing
> approaches are very shallow, semantically speaking. The 
> common thing to do
> is using very very low-level metrics like Lvenshtein distance 
> and such in
> order to find markers of entailment, and the only group I know of (at
> Edimburgh University) which went about it the Right Way (tm), 
> building a
> parser and trying to do some serious semantic work, gets a much worse
> f-measure than the statistics-driven groups. Of course they 
> get very very
> good accuracy, but very bad recall, since their semantic 
> analysis isn't
> complete and many true entailments pass them by, but when 
> they see one it is
> almost sure there is one.
> > (This is a field that interests me greatly.  Along with
> > the idea of programs that write and optimize programs
> > seems to be where much of the leverage can be found; and
> > where my own VERY modest efforts are directed.)
> --David.

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