2018-09-21 Exploiting the bountiful nature of language

Friday, September 21, 2018 in Seminar Room, Lirmm.

Verónica Dahl

Abstract: Language can be understood in a general sense- i.e., including not only spoken human languages but also e.g. the languages of molecular biology. Recent processing tools at the intersection of constraint based reasoning and language processing have facilitated sometimes surprisingly useful applications that were not foreseen at the time of those tools' development. Thus, extensions to CHR that were motivated by language processing needs (such as assumptions, abduction and grammatical versions of CHR) have proved useful for implementing biological language applications such as DNA mining, early diagnosis of lung cancer, and medical text de-identification. Interestingly, languages artificially created to process language seem to have a reach of their own, as natural languages do, and to evolve like them in ways that are culturally determined. We shall expand on this idea around concrete examples from recent and current research.

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