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by Trevis Rothwell

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The goal of research in the natural sciences is to identify something in nature that presently is either poorly understood or not understood at all and discover more about how it works. The goal of research in computer science is to identify something that computer systems presently either do poorly or cannot do at all and come up with a way to make them do it, or do it better.

My research plan for the indefinite future is to find ways to build computer systems that can approximate understanding of natural language. For example, consider:

Researchers have been working on these problems for decades, and most of the language processing tools that have made their way into the hands of the general public continue to demonstrate at best a superficial grasp of what people are actually talking about.

The bottom line: programming computers to understand natural language is a tough problem, and there's plenty of worthwhile work left to do.

Some Ideas

...that might be worth investigating:

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