Accession Number : AD0682339

Title :   AUTOMATIC QUESTION-ANSWERING OF ENGLISH-LIKE QUESTIONS ABOUT ARITHMETIC,

Corporate Author : RCA LABS PRINCETON N J

Personal Author(s) : Kochen,Manfred

Report Date : NOV 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : The report describes an English-like source language of questions and a procedure whereby a computer program can analyze any question in that language and produce a program that searches for the answer. The source language is an extension of a previously developed source language which consisted of questions about simple diagrams. The extended language admits questions involving counting and arithmetic. This extension is a second constructive step toward exploring the fundamental limits of how far such a source language can be extended toward encompassing all the answerable questions that can be posed in English and answered by a computer. The use of syntactic transformations to express relations (e.g., the commutative law) and definitions (e.g., primeness) is of special interest. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES, ENGLISH LANGUAGE), (*COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, NUMBER THEORY), ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, FLOW CHARTING, MACHINE TRANSLATION, ALGORITHMS, PROBLEM SOLVING, DATA PROCESSING, SYNTAX

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE