Computer Representation of Semantic Information

Unknown author (1963-04-01)

A major obstacle in the development of learning machines, mechanical translation, advanced information retrieval systems, and other areas of artificial intelligence, has been the problem of defining, encoding, and representing within a computer the "meaning" of the text data being processed. Various devices have been used to avoid this problem, but very little work has been done toward solving it. The purpose of this memo (and the thesis research with which it is associated) is to describe one possible solution, and report on a computer program which demonstrates its feasibility.