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  1  definition  found 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  ELIZA 
 
    A  famous  program  by  {Joseph 
  Weizenbaum},  which  simulated  a  Rogerian  psychoanalyst  by 
  rephrasing  many  of  the  patient's  statements  as  questions  and 
  posing  them  to  the  patient.  It  worked  by  simple  {pattern 
  recognition}  and  substitution  of  key  words  into  canned 
  phrases.  It  was  so  convincing,  however,  that  there  are  many 
  anecdotes  about  people  becoming  very  emotionally  caught  up  in 
  dealing  with  ELIZA.  All  this  was  due  to  people's  tendency  to 
  attach  to  words  meanings  which  the  computer  never  put  there 
 
  See  also  {ELIZA  effect}. 
 
  (1997-09-13) 
 
 




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