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Friday, September 28, 2012


These notes record the coding of the Russian AI Mind Dushka in JavaScript for Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE).

1. Thurs.27.SEP.2012 -- Shortening Test-Range for Verb-Recog

The Dushka Russian artificial intelligence (RuAi) is not properly recognizing a second-person singular verb-form in the ruLexicon Russian lexical array. When we type in the Cyrillic of "Ty veedyeesh menya" for "You see me," the Russian verb is being recorded in the ruLexicon with an erroneous value of "1" for first person instead of "2" for second person.

Apparently the AudListen code for discrimination among grammatical persons was written too specifically for verbs like "dyelayesh" in January of 2012. We may be able to relax the strictness of comparisons by not testing for the vowel just before the personal ending.

We went into the AudListen code for recognizing "delayesh" in the second-person singular and we commented out just the test for the vowel. Then we ran Dushka and immediately the RuAi was able to recognize "Ty veedyeesh menya" properly for "You see me" and the AI answered "Ya veezhoo tebya" for "I see you". This instance was one of the easiest bug-fixes of our Russian AI coding experience. Next we may need to comment out the vowel-tests for the other personal forms of a present-tense Russian verb.

Immediately we wonder if the whole present-tense paradigm will start working properly for most if not all the Russian verb conjugations when we stop testing for the vowel inside the inflectional ending. It also occurs to us that the RuAi may start learning Russian verb-forms regardless of the numbered conjugations thought up by human scholars of philology over the centuries since Greek and Roman times. If we tweak the recognition-code that we implemented for one conjugation and it starts to work for all the conjugations, then we may have accidentally bypassed the whole issue of worrying about how to deal with different Russian conjugations.

2. Fri.28.SEP.2012 -- Non-Russian Troubleshooting of ru120926

Working today on an old computer where we may not type in Cyrillic, nevertheless we may use a special ru120926T.html test version of the ru120926.html Russian artificial intelligence (RuAi) to determine why the RuAi suddenly says "OSHEEBKA" ("error") rather early in its operation without human input (and therefore without Cyrillic typing).

The first place to look for the cause of the problem is in the NounPhrase module which erroneously outputs OSHEEBKA instead of a correct direct object.

Well, isn't that situation weird? First we put a diagnostic "alert" message at the start of NounPhrase, and we got nowhere -- nothing of value was revealed. Next we put a diagnostic alert in NounPhrase where there was a chance for "subjectflag" to change from its default value of one ("1") to a zero in the presence of either a direct object or a predicate nominative. Still nothing special was revealed. We finally got results when we inserted a conditional alert message to tell us what "motjuste" had been chosen in the condition of looking for a non-subject. The RuAi told us that it had selected concept number "704" just before erroneously outputting the "OSHEEBKA" error message. We recognized "704" as having to be a personal pronoun, but which one? It used to be the accusative case "MENYA" of the Russian pronoun number 701 "YA" for English "I". We no longer use number "704" as a separate concept, because "701" takes care of all forms of "YA" under the influence of the "dba" parameter for the grammatical case involved. The number "704" only shows up in obsolete code that we need to remove from the Russian AI.

When we comment out some legacy NounPhrase code that was invoking the concept number "704", the RuAi stops saying "OSHEEBKA" and declares that the motjuste is concept number "701" or the Russian word "YA" in the nominative for English "I". This result is not satisfactory. There should perhaps have been a "nounlock" after the verb "PONIMAYU". We may have to get rid of the "audme" variable not only in the Russian AI but also in the Forth and JavaScript English AI Minds, then find a form of "ME" through a search based on parameters.