NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING AND THE TIMESHARED COMPUTER.
SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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The time-shared use of large computer systems is making available much larger quantities of random-access memory at a reasonable cost per user. However, difficulties of making text available to computers, and a still limited understanding of language processing technology, suggest that no sophisticated text-processing system is immediately available for a national information center. The state-of-theart of syntactic, semantic, and discourse analysis is briefly reviewed. It is concluded that these analytic techniques still require much research. Statistical analysis is currently a most useful tool in using computers for automatic indexing, classifying, abstracting, and retrieval. Language processing technology at the statistical level is well developed and affords an interim automation of many textprocessing problems but will be greatly aided by the eventual development of adequate analysis at the linguistic and semantic levels. Author