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   Re: [xml-dev] Statistical vs "semantic web" approaches to makingsense of

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Mike Champion wrote:

> What struck me is that the "AI" approach (I'll guess it makes heavy use 
> of pattern matching and statistical techniques such as Bayesian 
> inference) is working with raw text that the authors are deliberately 
> trying to obfuscate the meaning of to get past "keyword" spam filters, 
> and the Semantic Web approach seems to require explicit, honest markup.  
> Given the "metacrap" argument about semantic metadata 
> (http://www.well.com/~doctorow/metacrap.htm) I suspect that in general 
> the only way we're going to see a "Semantic Web"  is for 
> statistical/pattern matching software to create the semantic markup and 
> metadata.  

It's an artifcial distinction, tho' we've been through here before:


There I linked to a paper about a hybrid architecture called 
InteRRaP, one project that helped consign the scruffy/neat debate in 
AI to irrelevance. It seems inevitable that similar hybrid 
architectures will appear on the web; RSS feeds, weblogs and search 
engines make a fine primordial soup.

Bill de hÓra


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