Saturday, March 28, 2009

Semantic Web vs. Semantic Interpretation

The article on The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data also contrasts Semantic Web and Semantic Interpretation. Research on the Semantic Web aims to enable machines to comprehend semantic documents and data so as to achieve software service interoperability. It is fundamentally different with the problem of Semantic Interpretation, i.e., understanding human speech and writing. Roughly speaking, Semantic Web creates precise data, while Semantic Interpretation deals with inherently imprecise data --- natural language. It is important to make a clear distinction between the above two different meanings of 'semantic' which are both widely used in computer science.

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