Rohan McLeod <rhn(a)jeack.com.au> wrote:
Obviously natural language processing must be an
That depends on what kind of processing you want to do and what results you
hope to achieve from it.
At a deeper level, there are still foundational disagreements about how best to
construct a systematic theory of the semantics of natural languages. Important
progress has been made in this area over the last century, however, which is
very encouraging. (I wrote my PhD in this area).
if Google with all their expertise and processing
power can't put a
front end on their search engine.
I suspect they've concluded that their ranking and query analysis algorithms
already employ the most effective techniques available. I have no doubt that
the designers of Google Search are well versed in the literature of natural
languge processing - Google employ PhD graduates in large numbers.
I wonder whether some entrepreneurial start-up company
with a new idea;
might put together software
which disambiguates say short English language search questions via a
then compiles a complex Google search string, to achieve that result ?
They would have to perform consistently better than Google's own query
processing algorithms to be worthwhile though.