Accession Number : AD0780194

Title :   Assimilation of New Information by a Natural Language-Understanding System.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB

Personal Author(s) : McDermott,Drew Vincent

Report Date : FEB 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 154

Abstract : The report describes a program, called TOPLE, which uses a procedural model of the world to understand simple declarative sentences. It accepts sentences in a modified predicate calculus symbolism and uses plausible reasoning to visualize scenes, resolve ambiguous pronoun and noun phrase references, explain events, and make conditional predictions. Because it does plausible deduction, with tentative conclusions, it must contain a formalism for describing its reasons for its conclusions and what the alternatives are. When an inconsistency is detected in its world model, it uses its recorded information to resolve it, one way or another. It uses simulation techniques to make deductions about other creatures' motivation and behavior, assuming they are goal-oriented beings like itself. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Natural language, *Computer programming, *Artificial intelligence, Syntax, Learning machines, Mathematical logic, Reasoning, Problem solving, Theses

Subject Categories : Linguistics
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE