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Measuring Subjectivity of Meaning: Timo Honkela at TEDxAaltoUniversity

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Published on Jul 18, 2012

Timo is the Chief Research Scientist at the Department of Information and Computer Science at Aalto University School of Science. He is the head of the Computational Cognitive Systems research group of the Adaptive Informatics Research Centre.

Is there any way to systematically consider or even measure subjective differences in meaning? How to take into account that language is understood in the context of complex real world, not in an isolated vacuum? After 25 years of work in the areas of natural language processing, neural networks, machine learning, and so on, an idea emerged. The idea was to consider people, language and the world as dimensions of a three-dimensional structure where all dimensions have to be taken into account. Methodologically, this meant formation of so called Subject-Object-Context tensors as the core of a novel Grounded Intersubjective Concept Analysis (GICA) method.

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