Epistemic modality: From uncertainty to certainty in the context of information seeking as interactions with texts

@article{Rubin2010EpistemicMF,
  title={Epistemic modality: From uncertainty to certainty in the context of information seeking as interactions with texts},
  author={Victoria L. Rubin},
  journal={Inf. Process. Manage.},
  year={2010},
  volume={46},
  pages={533-540}
}
This article introduces a type of uncertainty that resides in textual information and requires epistemic interpretation on the information seeker’s part. Epistemic modality, as defined in linguistics and natural language processing, is a writer’s estimation of the validity of propositional content in texts. It is an evaluation of chances that a certain hypothetical state of affairs is true, e.g., definitely true or possibly true. This research shifts attention from the uncertainty–certainty… CONTINUE READING