Not Exactly: in Praise of Vagueness

Kees van Deemter

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Abstract

How warm is a ‘warm day’? Where should we draw the ‘poverty line’? Are you the same person as you were yesterday? None of these questions can be given a clear-cut answer. We operate in a world full of continuous variation, relying on concepts that are not precisely defined but vague around the edges. This book, which cuts across logic, linguistics, and artificial intelligence, considers the challenges posed by vagueness, showing how vagueness is often difficult to avoid, and frequently (though not always!) useful too. It defends a perspective on vagueness that hinges on probabilities instead of crisp dichotomies or degrees of truth. Last but not least, the book shows how Natural Language Generation programs are becoming more sophisticated in their treatment of numerical information, allowing computers to use vague language judicially in their interaction with human users.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages341
ISBN (Print)978-0-19-954590-2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Vagueness
Cut
Natural Language
Artificial Intelligence
Person
Language Generation
Logic
Interaction
Language
Hinge
Dichotomy
Poverty

Keywords

  • vagueness
  • natural language generation
  • AI
  • logic

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van Deemter, K. (2010). Not Exactly: in Praise of Vagueness. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Not Exactly : in Praise of Vagueness. / van Deemter, Kees.

Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010. 341 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

van Deemter, K 2010, Not Exactly: in Praise of Vagueness. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
van Deemter K. Not Exactly: in Praise of Vagueness. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 341 p.
van Deemter, Kees. / Not Exactly : in Praise of Vagueness. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010. 341 p.
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