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  • The paper describes research on the representation of knowledge. The goal is to develop a formalism which can be used for the testing of hypotheses on the nature of human understanding and as a foundation or artificial intelligence programs. The ideas expressed herein are implemented in a program which converses with the user in natural language about the objects in a room and their relationships. The representation is within the "frame" paradigm. Slots are utilized for storing the properties of a concept. The same representation is used for both the physical objects and the meaning of the sentences. A novel technique in our approach is to associate a slot name with a procedure describing the meaning of the property represented by the slot. In addition, the objects in our representation are identified by description, i.e. there are no proper names associated with the individual objects as in all other approaches known to us.
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