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The Quest for Artificial Intelligence by Nils J. Nilsson

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13

Progress in Natural Language Processing

AS MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY, THE PROBLEMS OF UNDERSTANDING, GENERATING and translating material in ordinary human (rather than computer) languages fall under the heading of natural language processing. During the “early explorations” phase of AI research, some good beginnings were made on NLP problems. In the subsequent phase, the late 1960s to early 1970s, new work built on these foundations, as I’ll describe in this part of the book.

13.1 Machine Translation

W. John Hutchins, who has written extensively about the history of machine translation (MT), has called the period 1967 to 1976, “the quiet decade.”1 Inactivity in the field during this period is due in part to the ALPAC report, which, as I have already ...

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