Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Emergent Semantics

  • Philippe Cudré-MaurouxEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_1311


Bottom-up semantics; Evolutionary semantics


Emergent semantics refers to a set of principles and techniques analyzing the evolution of decentralized semantic structures in large scale distributed information systems. Emergent semantics approaches model the semantics of a distributed system as an ensemble of relationships between syntactic structures. They consider both the representation of semantics and the discovery of the proper interpretation of symbols as the result of a self-organizing process performed by distributed agents exchanging symbols and having utilities dependent on the proper interpretation of the symbols. This is a complex systems perspective on the problem of dealing with semantics.

Historical Background

Syntax is classically considered as the study of the rules of symbol formation and manipulation [9]. Despite its wide usage in many contexts, the notion of semanticsoften lacks a precise definition. As a least common denominator, it can be...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Avigdor Gal
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Industrial Engineering & ManagementTechnion–Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael