Project Team:
Jose Espinosa, Henry Lieberman


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Because commonsense knowledge differs in each culture, misunderstandings frequently occur. Since differences can be subtle, there has been little work in trying to detect places in text where cultural differences might arise. We explicitly represent commonsense knowledge of each culture in separate knowledge bases. By analyzing the text, we can find the differences between each culture's knowledge concerning the subject of the text. For example, given an invitation to a party, the system is able to infer that in an American cultural context, hip-hop dancing might be expected, but in a Mexican context, salsa dancing might be the norm. We are building an e-mail client that while watching the user's typing, suggests knowledge from multiple cultures that might be relevant.

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