Information Retrieval Based On Linguistic Structure

Often times, a specific linguistic structures can more clearly denote article relevance to a query. An IR query may specify content over metadata rules that would necessarily imply high relevance, but if the term is positioned a certain way, this could also require a caveat to the overall analysis of relevance.

Currently, simply containing a word within a certain depth of an article is sufficient to yield a True Positive. Roughly, the rule can be characterized as below:

If term A (which is the topic in mind) is contained within some metadata, then return all articles containing term A in that metadata.’

However, it is prudent to consider that not all mentions of an entity will equally important. Consider the difference between (1) and (2):

1 ) Apple shares plummet on news of CEO death.

2 ) SugarBearAI, California outfit, now has Apple as minority shareholder.

While both mention Apple, there is a strong sense in which (1) is purely about the company and sentence (2) is surely not about California, not only about Apple and mostly about SugarBearAI.

There is a sense that we could potentially ground IR relevance based on the linguistic structure.

In sentence (1), the subject is most definitely Apple and, as such, then the story most about Apple is (1), not sentence (2).

However, what is it about our ‘SugarBearAI’ noun occupying subject position that makes (2) so much more about ‘SugarBearAI’ than ‘Apple’? We assume this is because SugarBearAI is the subject of the matrix verb: ‘has’.

In Dependency Grammar parlance, ‘Sugar BearAI’ has a dependency with the ROOT-head of the sentence.

SugarBearAI, a california outfit, now has Apple as minority shareholder.

Therefore, we can surmise that whoever is the NSUBJ of a root-head node is the actual topic in question and deserves the highest relevance.

Awkward Evidence On The Black-White Dichotomy

As you know, I am an avid observer of the black-white dichotomy, roughly, the idea that the country revolves around these two ethnic groups despite.

Now, I study the various ethnic groups of the United States to understand what cultural notions guide day to day life. One aspect is how they consume each other’s culture, appropriate or integrate etc. This is a hilarious display of it…so awkward.

Still, I love this clip!

Look at my feet … [..] that’s what makes it hip hop.

Why Is Privatized Hospital Management Not More Widely Criticized Within Mainstream Media? So odd…

I find it very interesting that the behavior of private hospital administrators is not more widely criticized. There have been anecodotal reports from on the ground staff that have gone viral before Ny Times validated these reports with a Nicholas Kristoff article.

The dismissal of hospital workers, doctors and nurses who bring their own masks to protect themselves is among just a few of the abominable things that hospital administrators are engaged in.

They’ve also effectively gagged their hospital staff from revealing institutional failings publicly. Even complaining privately.

In Santa Ana, for instance, local hospitals are also shorting their staff for critical gear. While the pandemics effects are not as commonly seen in the Southern California area, we can imagine that the same dynamic playing out in Elmhurst, Queens, New York, would take place in SoCal too.

The for-profit cost cutting methodology for operating a hospital has no place in a pandemic. There are no market forces that properly guide this interaction. No one can opt-in or out of a pandemic and its proper treatment. These contradictions can be clearly seen in many ways.

For instance, today Mike Pence and Donald Trump refused to answer questions about why citizens could not purchase semi-regulated medical insurance in the American public healthcare exchange. This is otherwise known as ‘Obamacare’.

This may be an indication that government insurance is still under internal attack as a possible solution to this crisis. As such, medical insurers remain protected at the highest levels of office under unprecedented pressure to source a more socialized medical response.

Welcomed News: Access to Solid Education Eased For IE Students Thanks To Relaxed UC Riverside Policy

According to a press release on the UC regents website: “The University has temporarily suspended some of its requirements for admitted students to ensure that they are able to enroll as planned. It also expects to work with students to adjust financial aid packages if family financial circumstances have changed.

One of the UC Regents was recent embroiled in an insider trading controversy. Senator Dianne Feinstein was accused of selling equities based on allegations that she received classified information that would indicate to her a need to sell before a market downturn. She has not been formally charged. The available information suggests she was likely not aware of the trades defensive nature, however.

The Smell Test: WHO, Global Experts Consensus On Common Coronavirus Symptom

Lack of scent, sudden and complete, is looking to be a likely candidate for a definitive symptom of the Covid19 infection . 

A Bloomberg columnist has compiled an interesting review of the symptoms commonly associated with the coronavirus infection here

Michael Lewis writes: [..] “a lot more people than we know — even 80-year-old people — have had the virus but never got sick enough to get themselves tested. That’s what’s so interesting about the simple, one-page letter written last week by two British doctors. Claire Hopkins and Nirmal Kumar, among the country’s most prominent ear, nose and throat specialists, had both noticed the same odd symptom in their coronavirus patients: a loss of the sense of smell. “Anosmia,” it is called, but I suppose they have to call it something.”

While a great deal of patients show some terrible signs indicating a positive result for a coronavirus test, a great deal many do not. As such, many people walk around with the disease but without great deal of symptoms, with ‘Anosmia’ as the sole distinction between themselves with the infection and without it. 

More testing, diagnosis and data overall is needed to positively correlate the cover-19 infection with a lack of smell, but because of the lack of testing, the consistency with this one signal correlating at .8 with positive infection rates is startling.