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RE: The Prophet of Unintended Consequences

  • To: "'Costello,Roger L.'" <costello@m...>, XML Developers List <xml-dev@l...>
  • Subject: RE: The Prophet of Unintended Consequences
  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <len.bullard@i...>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 15:13:38 -0500

entangle the entire area
Of interest to the theoreticians out there but otherwise not.

As further fodder to the question of simulation aiding 
decision making (GIGO), consider this paper:

"Towards a quantum evolutionary scheme: violating
Bell's inequalities in language"
Diederik Aerts
Marek Czachor


Note the emphasis on the collapse of contexts which is a similar 
notion to probabability collapse given a quantum superposition, 
and the description of the entanglements (ambiguity in word or 
sentence meaning) as tensor products. ("amgiguity is to text 
as a wormhole is to space").  Abduction of ambiguous data is 
a challenge to intelligence analysts given a source that is 
actively working to heighten that ambiguity.  Thus this model 
is of possible interest to sigint, ossint and humint.  And 
it's a pretty good model of vaporware and FUD. 

It also makes a quantum model argument for 'intelligent 
design' based on superposition/non-actualized entities 
competing thus giving rise to actualized lifeforms and 
explaining the fossil record gaps.  I leave that one only 
with the comment that it should make some intelligent design 
pundits quite uncomfortable as they consider its implications 
but is a real boon to the demons-in-games-and-movies industry. :-)

Back to XML Reality: 

The entanglements model is applicable to the abduction/induction 
phase of the intelligence-building feedback model.  The application 
of quantum logic is revealing.  Note that the DTD/Schema is a 
means to state a context with some complexity curve that could 
be analogous to the Zipf-Mandelbrot criteria (but I am speculating 
on that one).  Note that the construction of the context is itself 
filtered by the schema author, thus, non-kolmogorovian itself, 
and even not taking into account the author, varies given the 
analysis approach to typicality (eg, analysing a set of examples 
or exemplars and deriving a typicality or a prototype).  Once 
done, for some process in phase space, the schema collapses the 
shape of the formal vector space for documents  
conforming to it.  Exceptions (non-valid to some degree of 
validity) are decision points for modification of that space, 
and are likely quantum processes as well.

The questions one asks in a blind message exchange is if a schema exists 
which can be applied, the problems resulting from choosing the 
wrong schema, or a near fit given some set of actions that 
result on acceptance or rejection of the message.  Simulation 
can be useful in this situation (if overkill for most examples).

Note that this thread can be linked topically by this reference 
to the earlier thread on Latent Semantic Indexing and Vector 
Models for search and classification/ontology-building.  These 
in turn relate back to earlier works on information ecosystems 
as emerging from a taxon-formation process.

Happy Brain Numbing,


"I will now proceed to entangle the entire area." - David Crosby


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