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Re: EAGLESEVAL: A question from George Doddington.

Eduard Hovy wrote:
> Dear all,
> At 4:33 PM +0200 8/11/98, Maghi King wrote:
> >Here are some more of the questions for discussion that were left open
> >after the Granada conference.
> >
> >A question from George Doddington:
> >
> >Several presenters have argued for moving evaluation from the technical
> >(lower) level toward the application (user) level. If evaluation is
> >viewed as a means of making progress, this implies that these presenters
> >believe that it is more important (or easier?) to make progress at the
> >application level than on the underlying problems. Is this a fair
> >representation of the presenters' perspective?
> I simply could not resist a response.
> This is, of course, a loaded question.  A counter is: Does Mr. Doddington
> believe it is better to make progress on the underlying problems even if
> they have no effect at the application level?
> E

And now I can't resist: what would it be like to make progress on an
underlying level and NOT have an effect on the application level? 

I can imagine going in for something that is really overkill, like a
full blown understanding system to deal with simple queries that could
be dealt with just as well by very straight forward methods, but surely
you'd still have an effect on the application level, if it was only the
negative effect of slowing evrything down unnecessarily?

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