[INDOLOGY] sanskrit and computers?

Robert Zydenbos zydenbos at uni-muenchen.de
Mon Apr 13 02:27:48 UTC 2020

On 2020-04-12 21:43, Antonia Ruppel via INDOLOGY wrote:

> […] I've attached an article about Sanskrit use for NLP that I've 
> sometimes seen referred to as 'proof' that this is a 
> respectable/serious subject for academic study. (It is IEEE, but from 
> the proceedings of a conference rather than one of their own 
> (prestigious) publications.)

Such articles make me very sad.

Evidently none of the four authors, nor any editor before the article 
was published, noticed that seven vibhaktis are mentioned (section V) -- 
and then comes a list of eight. This is only one of many problems I have 
with this article. (Another one is “chez le garcon- in the boy”, another 
is “a phrase in English language "I like apple" can suggest a brand of 
Computer or a kind of fruit apple” (no!), another one is the total 
irrelevance of section IX, especially as soon as we are dealing with 
non-Indo-European languages.)

Nothing really good comes from such publications.


Prof. Dr. Robert J. Zydenbos
Institute of Indology and Tibetology
Department of Asian Studies
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (University of Munich – LMU)

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