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Modeling and Using Context

Volume 3554 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 29-40

Understanding Context Before Using It

  • Mary BazireAffiliated withCNRS FRE 2627, Laboratoire Cognition & Usages
  • , Patrick BrézillonAffiliated withLIP6, Case 169, Université Paris 6

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Abstract

This paper presents an attempt to point out some problematic issues about the understanding of context. Although frequently used in cognitive sciences or other disciplines, context stays a very ill-defined concept. Our goal is to identify the main components of the context on the basis of the analysis of a corpus of 150 definitions coming mainly from the web in different domains of cognitive sciences and close disciplines. We analyzed this corpus of definitions through two methods, namely LSA [1], [2] and STONE [3], [4], and we conclude that finally the content of all the definitions can be analyzed in terms of few parameters like constraint, influence, behavior, nature, structure and system.

Keywords

Context Definition Contextual elements