"love"


Subject: "love"
From: Michelle T. Lin (michlin@cs.berkeley.edu)
Date: Sat Feb 19 2000 - 01:38:40 MET


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Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC)
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To: BISC Group
From: L. A. Zadeh <zadeh@cs.berkeley.edu>

Greetings.

        As we all know, in a natural language meaning is
context-dependent. A good example is the meaning of "love." I got
the idea by listening to a Russian language program beamed from New
York.

        A callers calls the host of a talk show. the following exchange
        ensues.
        
        Caller: I am calling you to tell you that I love your show. It
                is great.
        
        Host: I am very pleased to hear that. Could you share with us
              why you love our show so much?
        
        Caller: Unfortunately I can't because I do not watch your show.
        
        Host: I don't understand. How could you love our show if you do
              not watch it?
        
        Caller: Let me explain. You see, my wife loves your show so much
                that she is glued to the set while the show is on. This
                gives me a chance to sleep away unobserved and visit my
                neighbor's wife.
                  I have a question. Would it be possible to extend the
                  length of the show by half an hour?

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Lotfi A. Zadeh
Professor in the Graduate School and Director,
Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC)
CS Division, Department of EECS
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1776
Tel/office: (510) 642-4959 Fax/office: (510) 642-1712
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