Computer system being developed to define vague phrases

from The Press and Journal:

Political speeches containing words with no real meaning could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to research carried out by an Aberdeen University academic.

Computer scientist Kees van Deemter has been examining vague phrases commonly used, and is developing a computer system that can decipher their meaning.

[…] Whereas a computer can understand what the wind speed is by being given an exact figure, this measurement would be meaningless to the average man on the street. However that man would understand what it meant if the wind speed were described as ‘strong’, for example.

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