Author Archives: Rob

About Rob

I'm an engineer, co-host of the mintCast, a long-time computer hobbyist, a solidly mediocre guitar strummer, a sometimes player of chess and Dungeons & Dragons Online, and a Jesus-follower.

It Might Be Alive After All!

After a l-o-n-g break away from this project, it seems like there may be some new activity forthcoming. I recently acquired a Raspberry Pi, and I’ve been looking for a “project” for the little beastie. Perhaps this is the right … Continue reading

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Maybe… just maybe?

What would prompt new activity on a dead blog…? Well, I listened to a Python411 podcast recently (something I highly recommend, by the way) and learned about a  project called Open Allure. It’s focused on building systems for teaching, but … Continue reading

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Stalled and Distracted

Not much visible progress in the last several weeks. I’ve been off wandering in the world of Python software development with forays into the Twitter API,  using sockets for inter-process communication, and a dozen other fascinating areas. Lots of new … Continue reading

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Scope control…

It’s easy to get out of control on a project like this, and I think that’s where I’ve been for the last several weeks. I’ve read more about AI and natural language processing than I ever knew existed a few … Continue reading

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Understanding is the Important Bit

I’ve spent the last few weeks building and deleting little snippets of code in the general vicinity of language parsing. Mostly it has been an exercise of exploring some of the things that have been learned by the serious folks … Continue reading

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Computational Semantics

I’ve got such a long way to go. These guys are really good! Their stuff actually does what I’m struggling mightily to conceive might be possible. Why isn’t this stuff already embedded in the products we use? These guys are … Continue reading

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Parsing Language

It has occurred to me that I have drifted from building an intelligent machine to building a working language parser. I suppose this is a necessary first step, but I must not lose sight of the real goal. There are … Continue reading

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word, parse, and concept

I’m slowly making progress and have a word-finder that looks up a word and gets its hypernyms from WordNet, a parser that takes a sentence and gets all the parts of speech for the words, and a concept structure for … Continue reading

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A swamp of details

Well, not much progress on the main task has occurred in recent days. I’m slowly sinking into a swamp of details around how to implement ideas in code. There was a long trek through C#, mono and MySQL that turned … Continue reading

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SkyNet — I’m not the only one worried!

I love this site even more now… xkcd’s note on Genetic Algorithms

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