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▪ Bottom-up parsers are very susceptible to problems arising from lexical ambiguity.
▪ Context, mediated by anaphora, can affect the resolution of lexical as well as structural ambiguity.
▪ In Chapters 5 and 6 the Chart is allowed to run to completion in order to determine the worst-case effects of lexical ambiguity.
▪ Using the simple tagset of the current system the degree of syntactic ambiguity found is shown in table 4.4.
▪ Despite these modifications, syntactic ambiguity remains a large problem for generative systems.
▪ There are ways to reduce the problems posed by syntactic ambiguity.
▪ A similar technique is used to resolve anaphoric references and similar syntactic ambiguities.
▪ Many of the words in the lexicon have a high degree of syntactic ambiguity.
▪ The resolution of syntactic ambiguity is one of the tasks to be performed by semantic analysis.
▪ We have no need formally to be told to avoid ambiguities.
▪ Some statistical data is always included and, again, care is needed to avoid any ambiguity.
Avoid obscurity of expression. Avoid ambiguity.
▪ To avoid ambiguity it is good practice to complete the comments section even if the current version is required.
▪ What I like is combining something strict with something free - it creates ambiguity and I love ambiguity.
▪ These two effects, output creation and output diversion, create an ambiguity about the welfare effects of trade.
▪ These shifts are creating enormous ambiguity for those already in the workforce as well as those about to enter the business community.
▪ Their very flexibility creates an uncomfortable ambiguity for those who are part of them.
▪ The plan itself does serve as a binding mechanism to reduce ambiguity, but not too much should be expected of it.
▪ The aim is to reduce the pattern level ambiguity until only allowable words remain.
▪ The following chapters expand on the practical application of reducing the ambiguity produced from a pattern recogniser.
▪ The output from a character recogniser requires further processing to reduce the ambiguity and hence increase the accuracy of recognition.
▪ The Frandon matter has been one of some embarrassment and I am glad it has been resolved, though the ambiguity remains.
▪ The final stage was to resolve the ambiguity, by formulating and asking appropriate questions in order to secure the missing information.
▪ It is likely that in normal discourse, the context of the sentences will help to resolve these potential ambiguities.
▪ Thus it is for the trader to resolve ambiguities in his price indications.
▪ It requires motivation towards making new connections as a way of resolving existing ambiguity.
▪ Bottom-up parsers are very susceptible to problems arising from lexical ambiguity.
▪ But they recognised the ambiguities, and based their paper on wider evidence, and were prompted by concern for conservation.
▪ Grinding the coffee beans he pondered life's smaller ambiguities.
▪ The design of policy has to take into account the ambiguity of the welfare analysis outlined in the previous section.
▪ This description owes its quaint sound partly to its antiquity, and partly to ambiguity.
▪ Thus, a trace of ambiguity in the data can lower success rate.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ambiguity \Am`bi*gu"i*ty\, n.; pl. Ambiguities. [L. ambiguitas, fr. ambiguus: cf. F. ambiguit['e].] The quality or state of being ambiguous; doubtfulness or uncertainty, particularly as to the signification of language, arising from its admitting of more than one meaning; an equivocal word or expression.

No shadow of ambiguity can rest upon the course to be pursued.
--I. Taylor.

The words are of single signification, without any ambiguity.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, "uncertainty, doubt, indecision, hesitation," also from Medieval Latin ambiguitatem (nominative ambiguitas) "double meaning, equivocalness, double sense," noun of state from ambiguus (see ambiguous).


n. 1 (context countable English) Something, particulary words and sentences, that is open to more than one interpretation, explanation or meaning, if that meaning etc cannot be determined from its context. 2 (context uncountable English) The state of being ambiguous.

  1. n. an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context

  2. unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning [syn: equivocalness] [ant: unambiguity, unambiguity]

Ambiguity (album)

Ambiguity is the third album by German metal band Brainstorm; released in 2000 this was the first with Andy B. Franck on vocals.

Ambiguity (law)

In contract law, ambiguity is a term used to describe situations in which the terms of a contract have multiple definitions or refer to multiple subjects.


Ambiguity is a type of uncertainty of meaning in which several interpretations are plausible. It is thus an attribute of any idea or statement whose intended meaning cannot be definitively resolved according to a rule or process with a finite number of steps. (The ambi- part of the name reflects an idea of " two" as in two meanings.)

The concept of ambiguity is generally contrasted with vagueness. In ambiguity, specific and distinct interpretations are permitted (although some may not be immediately obvious), whereas with information that is vague, it is difficult to form any interpretation at the desired level of specificity.

Context may play a role in resolving ambiguity. For example, the same piece of information may be ambiguous in one context and unambiguous in another.

Usage examples of "ambiguity".

It had been simple enough to see that the Alvarado who had greeted him in the Ministry of Scientific Development was a replica, but here, at this distance, in this room that resonated with the presence of the Maximum Leader, there were too many ambiguities and uncertainties.

The difficulties of focusing and combining in one vehement thrust all the efforts of two mighty countries were such that no ambiguity could be allowed to darken counsel.

Don Juan, as a denier of all univocality, tries desperately to remain on the border of sexual ambiguity without which eroticism can barely survive.

The excerpt also illustrates how people play with the ambiguity of identity in chat environments.

This is the heart of the new Bible as an irenicon, an organism that absorbed and integrated difference, that included ambiguity and by doing so established peace.

His idea is simplicity itself: they must feed the in vitro decoder a stripped-down signal of their own devising that will yield a message beyond ambiguity.

Weformulated the Zeroth Law to avoid ambiguity in our duties, but your value judgment system forces an even greater ambiguity upon us.

His amiable manners and generous heart had endeared him to all, and in a short time his delicate feelings were respected, and the slightest allusion to ambiguity of birth cautiously avoided by all his associates, who, whatever might be their suspicions, thought his brilliant qualifications more than compensated for any want of ancestral distinction.

There was simply not the time to cast it into rhyme or metre, to take care with assonance and ambiguity.

In language which seemed to have no element of ambiguity, the experimenter apparently affirmed the entire absence of sensation on the part of the dogs which he and his assistants subjected to operations of various kinds and of an extreme character.

But notwithstanding this frequent confusion of interests, it is easy to attain what natural philosophers, after Lord Bacon, have affected to call the experimentum crucis, or that experiment which points out the right way in any doubt or ambiguity.

I remember correctly, that homonyms are ambiguities that could cause trouble.

Publican and the masochist try to transform the ambiguity of human condition into a duality: sinner and judge, breast and hand.

Out of these questions emerge the concerns of innumerable feminists that postmodernism and deconstruction may very well theorize to an abstraction the lived experience of women or divert attention away from mistreatment in the rush to revel in the more playful eccentricities of theory and ambiguity.

Diana Deutsch, which is that the ambiguity in perception of direction of tritone intervals between Shepard tones is a function of absolute pitch modulo octaves, with the function being different for different individuals.