Choosing the right LISP variant, if LISP is right

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Choosing the right LISP variant, if LISP is right

Postby PatrickForkin » Sun Dec 13, 2009 5:05 am

Hallo!
I am a writer, writing in English and living in Germany. To help my research-work in in two languages, I am in search of a language with which I can automate tasks related to English sentence markup, syntax marking of text, etc.
Because this work is syntax oriented and very much rules driven, I have almost decided that LISP would be the right language.
I would welcome hearing from any experienced users with programming interest in the same area.
When one is on the outside looking in, help in finding the ideal starting point from someone on the inside is invaluable.
I look forward to any help; if someone feels that I should elaborate on the content of this post, i will do so.
Kind regards and the best of good wishes, PatrickForkin
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Re: Choosing the right LISP variant, if LISP is right

Postby myst » Sun Dec 20, 2009 3:38 am

I think there's no languages best suited for this task, but with Lisp you can create one fairly easy. And see Abelson and Sussman lectures, they're fantastic and contain matherial on symbolic computations.
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Re: Choosing the right LISP variant, if LISP is right

Postby nuntius » Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:50 pm

Lisp is a good choice for many tasks, but I have no personal experience in your area. Sometimes the existence of reusable code libraries and other tools is more important than the actual computer language chosen.

The LKB may interest you: http://wiki.delph-in.net/moin/LkbTop
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Re: Choosing the right LISP variant, if LISP is right

Postby Jesdisciple » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:41 pm

Thanks to both of you for the references, but for somewhat different reasons than Patrick's... I've wanted to make computers understand English for some time, but then again absurd goals are typical of me. :)

Unfortunately the links to and on the Stanford website are broken... And the page is immutable.
I'm off my grokker.
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