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Dictionary Knowledge Acquisition

The following is motivated by Section 6359 of the California Sales and Use Tax.  It demonstrates how knowledge can be acquired from dictionary definitions: Here, we’ve taken a definition from WordNet and prefixed it with the word followed by a colon and parsed it using the Linguist.

‘believed by many’

A Linguist user recently had a question about part of a sentence that boiled down to something like the following: It is believed by many. The question was whether “many” was an adjective, cardinality, or noun in this sentence.  It’s a reasonable question!

Higher Education on a Flatter Earth

We’re collaborating on some educational work and came across this sentence in a textbook on finance and accounting: All of these are potentially good economic decisions. We use statistical NLP but assist with the ambiguities.  In doing this, we relate questions and answers and explanations to the text. We also extract the terminology and produce [...]

Acquring Rich Logical Knowledge from Text (Semantic Technology 2013)

As noted in prior posts about Project Sherlock, we have acquired knowledge from a biology textbook to build the business case for applications like Inquire.  We reported our results at SemTech recently.  The slides are  available here.

Project Sherlock

Working as part of Vulcan’s Project Halo[1], Automata is applying a natural language understanding system that translates carefully formulated sentences into formal logic so as to answer questions that typically require deeper knowledge and inference than demonstrated by Watson. The objective over the next three quarters is to acquire enough knowledge from the 9th edition [...]

Rules are not enough. Knowledge is core to reuse.

James Taylor’s blog today on rules being core to BPM and SOA in which he discussed reuse had a particularly strong impact on me following a trip yesterday.  During a meeting with the insurance and retail banking practice leaders at a large consulting firm, we looked for synnergies between applications related to investment and applications [...]

Missing Goals and Requirements in Business Rules

Both of the following statements are true, but the first is more informative: Business Rules Management Systems (BRMS) typically produce forward chaining production rules that are interpreted by[1] a business rules engine (BRE) based on the Rete Algorithm. BRMS typically generate rules that are interpreted by a BRE. First, dropping the word “production” before “rules” [...]

Managing Semantics, Vocabulary and Business Rules as Knowledge

A client recently asked me for guidance in establishing a center of excellence concerning business rules within their organization. Their objectives included: Accumulate requisite skills for productive success. Establish methodologies for productive, reliable and repeatable success. Accumulate and reuse content (e.g., definitions, requirements, regulations, and policies) across implementations, departments or divisions. Establish multiple tutorial and [...]