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Tuesday, July 17, 2012


MindForth Programming Journal

1 Fri.6.JUL.2012 -- Debugging after Major Code Revision

In the MindForth artificial intelligence (AI) we are now letting the AI run in tutorial mode without human input in order to troubleshoot any glitches that occur after the major changes of the most recent release. Without human intervention and under the influence of the KbTraversal module, the AI calls various subroutines to prompt a dialog with any nearby human. We observe some glitches that are due perhaps to a lack of proper parameters when a subroutine is called. We intend to debug the calling of the various subroutines so that we may display an AI Mind that thinks rationally not only when left to its own devices but also when the AI must think in response to queries or comments from human users.

2 Sat.7.JUL.2012 -- Solving a Problem with WhatAuxSDo

In the course of letting MindForth run without human input, we noticed that eventually the WhatAuxSDo module was called for the subject of concept #56 "YOU" and the AI erroneously asked "WHAT DO ERROR DO". By inserting a diagnostic message, we learned that WhatAuxSDo was not finding a "subjnum" value for the #56 "YOU" concept and thus could not find the word "YOU" in a search of the English "En" array. We went into the EnBoot sequence and changed the "num" value for "YOU" from zero ("0") to one ("1"). The AI correctly said, "WHAT DO YOU DO". However, we may need to debug even further and find out why the proper value of "num" for "YOU" is not being set during the output.

3 Sun.8.JUL.2012 -- Tightening Code for Searchability

When we search the free AI source code for "2 en{" which should reveal any storing or retrieval of a "num" value, we do not find any code for storing "num" in the English lexical array. Therefore we should search for "5 en{" to see where the part-of-speech "pos" is stored. We do so, and still we do not find what we need. Then we try searching for "5 en{" with an extra blank space in the search, and we discover that a form of "pos" is stored both in EnVocab and in OldConcept. At the same time we see that "num" is also stored in the same two mind-modules. Now we should be able to troubleshoot the problem and find out why English lexical "num" is not being stored during processes of thought. First however, we will try to tighten up the code so that only one space intervenes for future occasions when we are trying to find instances of array-manipulation code.

4 Wed.11.JUL.2012 -- Num(ber) in the English Lexical Array

We need to discover where elements of the flag-panel are inserted into nodes of the English lexical array, so that the "num(ber)" value may be stored properly as the AI Mind continues to think and to respond to queries from human users.

5 Fri.13.JUL.2012 -- Correcting Fundamental Flaws

Today in the EnBoot English bootstrap module we are making a blanket change by moving the EnVocab calls down to be on the same line of code as the calls to InNativate, so that the "num(ber)" setting will go properly into EnVocab. Our recent troubleshooting has revealed that WhatAuxSDo needs to find a "num" value in the English lexical array in order to function properly.

6 Sat.14.JUL.2012 -- Tracking num(ber) Values
Next we need to zero in on how the AI assigns "num(ber)" tags during the recognition of words. In OldConcept, it may be necessary to store a default, such as "num" or "unk" and then to test for any positive "ocn" that will simply override the default.

Since we rely on OldConcept to store the number tag, we may need to track where the number-value comes from. AudInput has some sophisticated code which tentatively assigns a plural number when the character "S" is encountered as the last letter in a word. In the work of 4nov2011 we started assigning zero as a default number for the sake of the EnArticle module, but we may need to change the AudInput module back to assigning one ("1") as the default number.

7 Mon.16.JUL.2012 -- Avoiding Unwarrented Number Values

If the most recent "num(ber)" of a word like "ROBOTS" is found to be "2" for plural, we do not want the AI to make the false assumption that the "num(ber)" of the "ROBOTS" concept is inherently plural. Yet we want words like "PEOPLE" or "CHILDREN" to be recognized as being plural.

8 Tues.17.JUL.2012 -- Making Sure of Lexical Number

We may need to go into the NounPhrase subject-selection process and capture the num(ber) value of the lexical item being re-activated within the English lexical array.