5 Apr 2011 superant   » (Journeyer)

Working on new language production software for talk for: Worldcomp 2011

Using metaphor of a spreadsheet metaphor [3]. The active matrix can be equated to a column in a spreadsheet while future potential matrices can be seen as additional columns. Each component that is part of the communication can be represented as a cell in the column. The active matrix is updated in response to a match between input with potential matrices.

The software system is broken down into modules to handle aspects of the task. Mod- ules will process the submitted cues and send out requests for matches. Each possible match will be returned by a module and kept in a buffer until the stopclock tics down. Better matches will continue to be sent to the buffer until the timer runs down. Once the timer runs down, a kill message will be sent to all remaining modules to stop the searching. Each possible match that reaches the buffer will be compared by quality with the previous match of this series. The better match will be retained while the other will be discarded. After the timer runs out the successful match will be moved to the top of the queue for subsequent searches.

A psuedocode version is:

process input from user interface (1)
begin timer stopwatch based on active column value (2)
perform search on 1st column in queue (3)
until at least one element matches
continue search for additional matches
return success if at least one match occurred
repeat search on succeeding columns until out (4)
of columns or timer runs down
When timer runs out (5)
if at least one successful column was returned, make it active
if no successful column returned, do not change active
if active was changed return sentence (6)
prepare to process new input (1)

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