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A key is a fundamental or central operative of harmony. The connexion of relevance is recognized concordantly.

A quick read of popular technology news and review sites– gives one the impression that the trouble people have with search engines– those called semantic search engines and all other search engines too– is the relevance of the results. This of course, is besides any trouble people have with the actions of the company fielding the search technology, e.g. the corporate entities such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Powerset, and Hakia, Cognition among about a hundred others.

The problem I want to address is the problem with the relevance of the results, because even with the new crop of semantic search engines using sophisticated Natural Language Processing (NLP) technologies, the problem remains. In fact, NLP technology hardly addresses ambiguity, let alone, relevance. There is a good reason for this that I can now summarize, after dealing with it for more than twenty-five years. The problem actually stems from the abstract ideas about relevance.

By ideas, I just mean people’s thoughts and deliberations over exactly what is relevant. For corporations, the answer is very obvious: what is relevant is nothing but that substance that increases corporate equities. That substance may be abstract to some, but it is very real to corporate shareholders and the business managers they employ. It makes perfect sense that money and wealth and any investments of the same in any assets that generate that substance is the thing that is relevant to business. Any assets that do not perform or have little or no uptake in that way are dumped. This is why industry, corporations and businesses thereof, have overlooked the keys to relevance and have instead held steadfast to their own values of relevance to their own institutions.

However, a quick scan of current events shows that this substance they value so highly is not very real. It can evaporate and disappear before your very eyes. This is because money has a closer connection to fuel than it does to the fundamental keys of relevance. Anyway, that shows that that substance: money, wealth, etc. are not fundamental keys to relevance. The same thing is true of the objects of Natural Language Processing technologies: they are not the substance or keys to relevance; some of the objects they use are the signs of such substance: the semiotic keys.

A word is such a key: a semiotic key, not a harmonic key. A harmonic key is the substance of relevance and meaning of which the word is a semiotic key symbol. A symbol is a sign of something invisible or abstract. A word is a sign of abstract harmonic keys that are the substance and essence of relevance to judgment. As I pointed out in my previous post, these keys are marked by sounds, phonemes, letters.

Harmonic keys would behave just as they sound, and they would not leave anyone reeling in discord and conflicted in such a way as money markets are conflicted today. This is because the keys to relevance are concordant to the essence of relevance in one’s own mind. By that I mean, what is relevant to one’s own judgment. Just what is that?

That is of course, the premises required by the rational mind. For the premises of an argument for your judgment are often left unstated or hidden– left for you to figure out – left abstract.

Would anyone like to know more? For example, would you like to know the premise of fear? Why do people feel fearful about the economy today? The premises for this are factual. The signs appear in the outlook or horizon and in the word fear: the semiotic symbol itself. If you know this premise, you already know the reason for your fearfulness. It is like asking what is the fundamental quantity of fearfulness? The fundamental quantity of a physical substance is mass, length or time. What is the fundamental quantity of a conceptual substance like fear? Wouldn’t you want to know this measure?

Leave a comment if you would.

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