In most previous research, “semantic computing” refers to computational implementations of semantic reasoning. It lacks support from the formal theory of computation. To provide solid foundations for semantic computing, researchers propose a different understanding of semantic computing based on finite automata. This approach provides a computer theoretical approach to semantic computing. But finite automata are not capable enough to deal with imprecise knowledge. Therefore, in this paper, we provide foundations for semantic computing based on probabilistic automata. Even though traditional probabilistic automata can handle imprecise knowledge, their limitation resides in their being defined on a fixed finite input alphabet. This deeply restricts the abilities of automata. In this paper, we rebuild traditional probabilistic automata for semantic computing. Furthermore, our new probabilistic automata are robust enough to handle any alphabet as input. They have better performances in many applications. We provide an application for weather forecasting, a domain for which traditional probabilistic automata are not effective due to their finite input alphabet. Our new probabilistic automata can overcome these limitations.
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