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Partitioned Semantic Net

Keywords: connective, quantifiers, vistas

Categories: Knowledge Representation , Natural Language

Author(s): Karen Sp\"arck Jones

Means of enhancing the organisational and expressive power of Semantic Nets through the grouping of nodes and links, associated with Hendrix. Nodes and links may figure in one or more `spaces', which may themselves be bundled into higher-level `vistas', which can be exploited autonomously and structured hierarchically. The effective encoding of logical statements involving connectives and quantifiers was an important motivation for partitioning, but the partitioning mechanisms involved are sufficiently well-founded, general and powerful to support the dynamic representation of a wide range of language and world knowledge; and partitioned nets have been extensively used for a range of such purposes at SRI.



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