NLP is still in its infancy when compared to other fields of research. One of the main reasons for that is changing the structure of texts. The structure of the text is changing day by day with the emergence of social media. Therefore, there is a need for developing new methods for processing natural language. In addition, the use of NLP in cognitive systems made NLP more complex. Cognitive computing is a field where active research is going on, and they are focusing on human-human-like interaction between human and computer. Enabling a computer think like a human is not easy, and incorporating one of the main features of humans, that is, NLP, is a tedious task. Natural language understanding, NLG, and thereby creating a natural language interaction between humans and the computer is one of the main aims of cognitive computing.

NLP relies on cognitive computing for doing NLP tasks. Introducing a cognitive approach to NLP tasks makes the NLP efficient. The influence of cognitive computing in NLP tasks. Human-like processing of natural language is made possible through bringing a cognitive approach in NLP tasks such as syntax analysis, semantic analysis, etc. One of the main areas where less research is going on is syntactic processing using the cognitive approach.

There are some areas in syntax analysis where the cognitive approach can bring a change. Human-like thinking is introduced with various strategies such as machine learning, deep learning, etc. However, it takes more time for training. Since the syntax of the language has some rules, the human thought process in syntax analysis can be mimicked easily using fuzzy logic. One of the fuzzy-based approaches for syntax analysis is predicting the kinds of sentences. That is whether the sentence is assertive, imperative, interrogative, or exclamatory. It can be done using fuzzy logic. Given a sentence as input, the probability of sentence being an assertive, declarative, interrogative, or exclamatory can be predicted using fuzzy logic combined with a knowledge base.

Another is to predict the POS tag associated with a word. There are many methods for predicting the POS tag associated with the word, but there are some words that may belong to different POS according to how they are used. Consider the word “after”; it can be an adverb, preposition, adjective, or conjunction depending on the sentence in which that word is used. The frizzy system can predict the probability of the input word being an adverb, verb, noun, preposition, adjective, pronoun, or conjunction based on the sentence.

Cognitive computing can bring a significant change in the future by making Artificial Intelligent agents more like a human (e.g., voice assistants). However, the key to achieving that is the development of more efficient NLP methodologies and tasks. Therefore, the NLP is still serving as a hot research area where researchers can contribute.


  • cognitive computing
  • neural network
  • encoder decoder network
  • RNN
  • LSTM
  • GRU


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