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Semantics

Authors: Kornai, András

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  • Presents the conceptual and formal tools required for building semantic systems capable of understanding text
  • Applications of the approach include information extraction, question answering, and the Semantic Web
  • Appropriate for computer science and engineering students
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About this Textbook

The focus of this textbook is the meaning of linguistic expressions, typically full sentences and longer texts. The author describes the conceptual and formal tools required for building semantic systems capable of understanding text, both for specific tasks such as information extraction and question answering and for broad undertakings such as the Semantic Web. The goal here is to present the fundamental ideas that working systems rest on, and this book is aimed primarily at Computer Science or Engineering students interested in developing semantic systems. The ideal reader is a hacker, a person who delights in having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system.

About the authors

András Kornai is a mathematical linguist. He is a professor in the Department of Algebra of Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Chief Scientist at SecondMind Labs, and a senior research ad­viser at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Computer and Automation Research Institute. His research interests include all mathematical aspects of natural language processing, speech recognition, and OCR. His homepage is at https://kornai.com/


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“This ambitious book presents a fresh, innovative approach to a traditional set of problems, the problems involving meaning in language. It is firmly anchored in the extensive literature on these problems. The exposition is mathematically rigorous but clearly written and accessible to the nonmathematical reader. I highly recommend this book for anyone working in or wanting to work in natural language semantics.” [Jerry R. Hobbs, University of Southern California]

“This textbook distinguishes itself from other books on semantics by its interdisciplinarity: it presents the perspectives of linguistics, computer science, philosophy and cognitive science. I expect big changes in the field in coming years, so that a broad coverage of foundations is the right approach to equipping students with the knowledge they need to tackle semantics now and in the future." [Hinrich Schütze, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München]

“Very few people are aware of this elegant formalism of Eilenberg machines. People keep teaching presentations of finite state machines as kludgy imperative devices with tapes and reading heads instead of using relational notions. I have respect for Kornai's expertise on many topics, his sharp observations, the originality of the presentation, and its vividness.” [Gérard Huet, INRIA, Institut de France, Académie des Sciences]


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-65645-8
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-65644-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Semantics
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65645-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65645-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65644-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 298
Number of Illustrations
25 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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