INTENTS


Introduction


Information
Retrieval

Hypertext


Artifical
Intelligence


The
Internet


Electronic
Publishing

Textual
Encoding for
Humanities
Research

The Thomas
MacGreevy
Hypertext
Chronology

The Thomas
MacGreevy
Archive

The Use of
Electronic
Technology

Short
Biographical
Notes


Related
WWW
Resources

Project
Participants

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Artificial Intelligence

It is expected that there will be an extensive use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques and tools within the project. One area in which AI will be used is in Information Retrieval. Some IR systems use AI techniques to automatically analyse and classify the theme(s) of each text. This is a large and difficult task, requiring a huge investment of resources that is only justified if the system is to process a large number of texts in a restricted domain. However, syntax analysis can be used to parse texts to an extent that sophisticated statistically-based techniques can be used. Information Extraction is another technique used to analyse texts which does not rely on deep semantic processing.

The use of AI techniques to semi-automatically index and classify texts and to help create a conceptual model of the information is certainly feasible and we intend to make use of such techniques in INTENTS. We also plan to create a conceptual model of a user and use the knowledge about the user to increase the recall and precision of the information retrieved and to improve the quality of the human-computer dialogue. We see the development of adaptive systems as being very important within the project. The use of intelligent agents, particularly in a distributed collaborative context, may also prove very useful.

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