Re: tough nuts, with primitivesDanny Bobrow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 90 22:35:56 -0700 (PDT)
From: Danny Bobrow <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Subject: Re: tough nuts, with primitives
Len has provided us with some interesting examples. Mike noted one
interesting missing part
-- the specification of what primitives would be allowed.
I would like to suggest that there is another thing that is missing
-- a specification of the use of the information. To be more specific,
I think it would help to know:
1) what kinds of questions should it now be possible to deduce an answer
having been given the statement (typical queries would be OK, as
opposed to a real specification):
2) what kinds of questions should be EASY to answer
a. Company ABC has been manufacturing product X for three months.
[ABC, be-manufacturing-product, X, three, month]
Possible: Could ABC have made this instance of product Q containing X1
(an instance of X), that I bought four months ago?
Easy: Was ABC producing anything last month?
The first may be a knowledge level question, and the second a symbol
level question (with an
implied implemetnation), but perhaps not.