Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

When I was studying philosophy in university I would find works like Henry Kyburg's Recent Work in Inductive Logic to be invaluable (sadly behind a paywall today). Today what I am seeing are literature reviews conducted (in the first instance) by search and filtering algorithms. These seem to me a clumsy and inaccurate way to survey research data (even if they are all the rage in the social sciences). I prefer to judge the relevance of a paper personally. But there's so. many. papers. So in a world without Henry Kyburg, something like this article summarizer might be useful. It's a technology that has been around for 20 years (I remember NRC reserachers introducing me to it when I first started with them) but it's finally coming into its own.

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Last Updated: Mar 30, 2021 11:09 p.m.