17.562 humanities computer science and fuzzy

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Fri Jan 23 2004 - 01:51:06 EST

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 562.
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   [1] From: "Fotis Jannidis" <jannidis@linglit.tu- (16)
         Subject: Re: 17.549 humanities computer science

   [2] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk> (11)
         Subject: fuzzy = spiky?

         Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2004 06:40:18 +0000
         From: "Fotis Jannidis" <jannidis@linglit.tu-darmstadt.de>
         Subject: Re: 17.549 humanities computer science

I am not totally convinced by the concept of the "Humanities Computer
Science" because it seems to me to outline a discipline which is so large
that nobody can really handle it anymore.
Nonetheless I think that many remarks by Manfred Thaller on the tension
between computer scientist and vague information rather hit the mark. Just
to give another example: XML has been developed to mark up the structure
in not highly structured data (in comparison to the stuff they put into
relational databases) but the query language XQuery seems to be much more
modeled after SQL than after information retrieval concepts used in the
WWW (ranking of hits etc.).



Institut für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
TU Darmstadt

         Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2004 06:40:48 +0000
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: fuzzy = spiky?

I wonder if someone here would give a brief explanation of fuzzy logic
(mentioned by Manfred Thaller in his note) as a *model* of human reasoning,
i.e. a method that approximates but is significantly distinct from how we



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