HowNet and the computation of meaning

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World Scientific Publishing Co., Feb 22, 2006 - Computers - 302 pages
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It is widely acknowledged that natural language processing, as an indispensable means for information technology, requires the strong support of world knowledge as well as linguistic knowledge. This book is a theoretical exploration into the extra-linguistic knowledge needed for natural language processing and a panoramic description of HowNet as a case study. Readers will appreciate the uniqueness of the discussion on the definitions of the top-level classes HowNet specifies, such as things, parts, attributes, time, space, events and attribute-values, and the relations among them, and also the depth of the authors' philosophy behind HowNet. The book describes the attraction of HowNet's computability of meanings and how a software of meaning computation can collect so many relevant words and expressions of `the', or give a similarity value between any two words or expressions.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Meaning and Its Representation
7
Overview of HowNet
15
Sememes
23
Concept Classification and Property Description
31
Semantic Roles
37
Taxonomy
61
Knowledge Dictionary of HowNet
85
Browser HowNets Device of Computation of Meaning
163
Secondary Resources HowNets Devices of Computation
187
HowNet as a Software
213
New Resources Activating New Technology Some Applications
241
Some Views of Chinese Through HowNet
259
Bibliography
275
Appendix
285
Index
301

Knowledge Database Markup Language and Concept Defining
97
Revelation of Relations in HowNet
129
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