Report Number: CS-TR-71-193
Institution: Stanford University, Department of Computer Science
Title: Intention, memory, and computer understanding
Author: Schank, Roger C.
Date: January 1971
Abstract: Procedures are described for discovering the intention of a speaker by relating the Conceptual Dependency representation of the speaker's utterance to the computer's world model such that simple implications can be made. These procedures function at levels higher than that of the sentence by allowing for predictions based on context and the structure of the memory. Computer understanding of natural language is shown to consist of the following parts: assigning a conceptual representation to an input; relating that representation to the memory such as to extract the intention of the speaker; and selecting the correct response type triggered by such an utterance according to the situation.