Our community manager, Scott Van Boeyen, recently wrote a great piece for Tech Radar on text mining engines and their ability to handle words with multiple meanings.
It’s completely illogical to construct a language where one word can have several wildly different meanings. We don’t really think about how we decipher which meaning is being used, we just do it.
If you were to think about it though, and break it down, it would all come down to context. The topic of conversation, the inflection of the speaker, the culture, these are all things that help us interpret meaning. And as Scott points out, text mining engines rely on context as well.
Text mining engines aren’t perfect, but, like Scott says, “we have the ability to train a machine to understand context like a human”, and that’s sick.