01 Nov Abhāva: Cognizing presence through absence
(Presented at Paradigm Shift in Indian Linguistics and its Implications for Applied Disciplines, October 30 to November 1, 2017, at IIAS, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Shimla)
There are many schools of thoughts that deal with cognition through deduction. Apohavāda, Navya Nyāya, Structuralism and Deconstruction are a few to name. Though some of them have continued for thousands of years, and others are comparably new, an account of these frameworks is necessary due to their relevance to the subject matter.
Based on the computability factor and various limitations, the computation of some of these frameworks is a challenge in itself. However, Abhāva module of Navya Nyāya, due to its deep-rooted background and timely refined properties can facilitate as an excellent instrument for machine cognition through deduction.
Cognitive computing is a recently evolved and one of the trendiest fields that try to simulate human-like thought process in machines. It relies on data mining, pattern recognition and natural language processing for that purpose. This paper sheds light on the use of Abhāva as an instrument of cognition for cognitive computing.