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The Pragmatic Roots of Context - Bruce Edmonds

5. Context in Different Domains

Different modelling heuristics will be useful in different domains, which explains why different sorts of context arise in these different domains. The modelling heuristics typically exploit some sort of commonality. This commonality ensures that some of an event's features will remain constant from the time of learning a model to its application. This commonality makes the modelling of events feasible by limiting the number of features have to be explicitly included in the model, under the conditions that the commonality is either pervasive or recognizable.

Sometimes these common features can be identified, and the external approach to context adopted (as discussed in section 4.2 above), but at other times this may not be obvious so that one is forced to indentify the heuristics that happen to be used by the agent, leading to the internal approach (section 4.1). I list three broad areas of commonality below, and discuss the likely tractability of the contexts that may arise from them as an objects of study.

5.1. - Shared physical environment
5.2. - Shared social environment
5.3. - Shared biology

The Pragmatic Roots of Context - Bruce Edmonds - 31 MAR 99
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