Scripts, Plans, Goals, and Understanding: An Inquiry into Human Knowledge Structures

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8 Computer Programs

8.1 Introduction

We have two intentions in writing computer programs. First, we are, of course, interested in building intelligent machines. We can thus justify our theories on the grounds that they provide the basis for building computer programs that can deal with natural langauge.

However, we have presented the theories outlined in this book as theories of human natural language processing as well as computer natural language processing. One possible test of the adequacies of those theories is their viability as the basis of computer programs. If we could not get programs to understand natural language using the ideas presented here, there is the strong possibil

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Table of contents

  • The Artificial Intelligence Series iv
  • Title Page v
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - Causal Chains 22
  • 3 - Scripts 36
  • 4 - Plans 69
  • 5 - Goals 101
  • 6 - Themes 131
  • 7 - Representation of Stories 150
  • 8 - Computer Programs 175
  • 9 - A Case Study in the Development of Knowledge Structures 222
  • Bibliography 239
  • Author Index 244
  • Subject Index 246
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