Paper: Text Understanding With Multiple Knowledge Sources: An Experiment In Distributed Parsing

ACL ID E87-1013
Title Text Understanding With Multiple Knowledge Sources: An Experiment In Distributed Parsing
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1987
Authors

A novel approach to the problem of text understanding is presented, which exploits a distributed processing concept, where knowledge from different sources comes into play in the course of comprehension. In the paper the rationale of advocating such an approach and the.advantages in following it are discussed. A proto- type parser based on an original distributed problem-solving archi- tecture is presented. It encompasses a centralized declarative con- trol module and a collection of decentralized, loosely coupled, heterogeneous problem solvers specialized in the vadous facets of the parsing task. The mechanisms of coordination and communica- tion among the specialists are illustrated, and an example of the parser operation is given. The parser is implemented in LISP on a SUN workstation.