Back to the future: logic and machine learning

Simon Dobnik
In this paper we argue that since the beginning of the natural language processing or computational linguistics there has been a strong connection between logic and machine learning. First of all, there is something logical about language or linguistic about logic. Secondly, we argue that rather than distinguishing between logic and machine learning, a more useful distinction is between top-down approaches and datadriven approaches. Examining some recent approaches in deep learning we argue
more » ... they incorporate both properties and this is the reason for their very successful adoption to solve several problems within language technology. * Both authors contributed equally. 1 In this way we use the term "logic" in a loose sense, not only to refer to formal logics.
doi:10.21427/d7041z fatcat:l422vubnffdv7mdxbmc5n2rljy