Quantum collapse in semantic space : interpreting natural language argumentation
Bruza, Peter D. & Woods, John (2008) Quantum collapse in semantic space : interpreting natural language argumentation. In Bruza, Peter D., Lawless, William, Rijsbergen, Keith van, Sofge, Don, Coecke, Bob, & Clark, Stephen (Eds.) Second Quantum Interaction Symposium, 26-28 March 2008, Oxford University, Oxford.
The interpretation of natural language utterances in argumentation is largely a
tacit procedure, that is to say, a procedure transacted for the most part
sublinguistically, inattentively, automatically and involuntarily. In the
particular case of the interpretation of argumentative texts, the tacitness
thesis provides that interpreters are able to discern intended messages without forming
usually without being able to -- propositional representations that
wholly contain their contents. How is this done? In this paper, we propose
the following theses: (1) Interpretation can be represented as collapse of meaning
in a semantic space model. (2) Semantic collapse, in turn, can be likened
to the quantum collapse of superpositional states of word meaning. (3) Non-trivial structural
similarities with quantum collapse are discernible in matrix models of memory.
The advantage of (3) is that it provides independent reason to suppose that
quantum structures admit of psychological construal. The paper concludes
with suggestions for further research.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||quantum theory, semantic space, sub-symbolic reasoning, argumentation theory|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > PHILOSOPHY (220300) > Philosophy of Cognition (220312)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > OTHER PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (179900) > Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified (179999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Theory (080611)
|Divisions:||Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2008 [please consult the authors]|
|Deposited On:||10 Mar 2009 09:23|
|Last Modified:||11 Aug 2011 04:25|
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