Computer Science 315
Talk, its only talk
Assignment 6 - Natural Language Processing in Prolog
Arguments, agreements, advice, answers,
Its only talk
"Elephant Talk" (1981)
Due Monday, 03 December
In this exercise you will write some grammar rules for communicating with
a Quagent. The file ps6.zip contains everything you
need to get started. Download and unzip it, and launch the Quagent server
% python server.py &
into your Linux terminal. Then launch XSB and type
| ?- consult(talk).
| ?- run.
You will get a >> prompt at which you can type
natural-language commands, ending in a period or question mark.
Typing quit. exits the loop. I've
provided an example interaction in grammar.P, which you
will modify to do interesting things in English or your favorite natural
language. The slides
from the Prolog NLP section of the course will help you understand how to
write grammars to do interesting things. You will also need to look
at the documentation for the XSB Prolog Quagent Client
package I wrote, to see what sort of behaviors are available.
This is an open-ended assignment, and you are free to do as much or as little
as you like. Given the short amount of time you have, one approach would be
to pick an interesting topic and implement some aspect of it. For example,
you might choose to interact with the Quagent using a language other than
English. Or you might implement part of the semantics of determiners:
>> Run 10 steps.
>> What do you see?
I see three pieces of gold.
>> Pick up the closest piece of gold.
If you like, you can add stuff to the environment by editing the
page tells you how to do this.
What to turn in
your grammar.P file, along with a brief description
of what you implemented. If you edit quagent.config, send it