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Title: The Language of Design
Subtitle: Theory and Computation
Written By: Andy Dong
URL: http://www.springer.com/978-1-84882-020-3
Description:

Demonstrates how machine understanding of design texts, based on
computation over the language of design, yields practical applications for
design management.

The Language of Design: Theory and Computation articulates the theory that
there is a language of design. This theory claims that any language of
design consists of a set of symbols, a set of relations between the
symbols, features that key the expressiveness of symbols, and a set of
reality producing information processing behaviors acting on the language.
Drawing upon insights from computational language processing, the language
of design is modeled computationally through latent semantic analysis
(LSA), lexical chain analysis (LCA), and sentiment analysis (SA). The
statistical co-occurrence of semantics (LSA), semantic relations (LCA), and
semantic modifiers (SA) in design text are used to illustrate how the
reality producing effect of language is itself an enactment of design. This
insight leads to a new understanding of the connections between creative
behaviors such as design and their linguistic properties. The computation
of the language of design makes it possible to make direct measurements of
creative behaviors which are distributed across social spaces and mediated
through language. The book demonstrates how machine understanding of design
texts based on computation over the language of design yields practical
applications for design management such as modeling teamwork,
characterizing the formation of a design concept, and understanding design
rationale.

The Language of Design: Theory and Computation is a unique text for
postgraduates and researchers studying design theory and management, and
allied disciplines such as artificial intelligence, organizational
behavior, and human factors and ergonomics.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Springer
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Semantics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1848820208
ISBN-13: 9781848820203
Pages: 194
Prices: U.S. $ 139.00
U.K. £ 50.00
Europe EURO 89.95