Chapter 18

Commonsense Reasoning Using Unstructured Information

Abstract

Structured information is information that computers can easily understand and reason with, such as algebraic expressions, logical formulas, frames, and database tables. Unstructured information is information that is not represented in such a form and is difficult for computers to understand. Examples of unstructured information include natural language text, audio, images, and video. Because unstructured information is so easy for humans to create, it is abundant. Much of the world’s data is unstructured. Given that there is so much unstructured information available, the question arises of how we might be able to use it for automated commonsense reasoning. We discuss ...

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