This section will describe a brief session with original version of SMS to illustrate some of its underlying theory. The version described is being enhanced to meet the goals set forth in the previous chapters. As mentioned in section 11.3, a set of sentential formalisms is processed in advance and saved as stored relations to be accessed by SMS when statements are entered into the database. The processing consists of constructing penumbras for the formalisms and of relating those penumbras to one another in precise ways. If an entering sentence bears a structure that matches a processed formalism, the sentence is accepted, but if not, the system pauses and processes the new structure before accepting the sentence into the database. Any subsequent entry bearing that structure does not have to be processed again and thus would not cause the system to pause.


Plural Form Qualified Response Sentential Formalism Entire Universe Natural Language Generation 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cary G. deBessonet
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  1. 1.AI ProjectLouisiana State Law InstituteUSA
  2. 2.Southern UniversityUSA

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