LINGUIST List 11.1278

Wed Jun 7 2000

Disc: New/Statistic vs Non-statistic NLP

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  1. JY Wang, Statistic vs non-statistic NLP

Message 1: Statistic vs non-statistic NLP

Date: Sun, 4 Jun 2000 23:50:27 +0800
From: JY Wang <>
Subject: Statistic vs non-statistic NLP

Dear linguists:

I've been wondering whether non-statistic NLP can survive anyway? It
seems to me that all materials related to NLP, IR etc. are statistical
or corpus-based on the whole. I do agree that such an approach bears
'descriptive and objective" spirit, but then I believe that too much
dependence on it inevitably turns language into mere character
strings, which I would say must be a methodological expediency. -- I'd
love to have your opinion on this issue. Thank you in advance.

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Arthur Wang
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Guangzhou, China
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