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  • In computational linguistics, word-sense disambiguation is an open problem of natural language processing and ontology, which governs the process of identifying which sense of a word is used in a sentence, when the word has multiple meanings. The solution to this problem impacts other computer-related writing, such as discourse, improving relevance of search engines, anaphora resolution, coherence, inference et cetera. The human brain is remarkably good at word-sense disambiguation. The fact that natural language is formed in a way that requires so much of it is a reflection of that neurologic reality. In other words, human language developed in a way that reflects the innate ability provided by the brain's neural networks. In computer science and the information technology that it enables, it has been a long-term challenge to develop the ability in computers to do natural language processing and machine learning. Research has progressed steadily to a point where WSD systems achieve sufficiently high levels of accuracy on a variety of word types and ambiguities.

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