Hey guys--first post on this forum no idea if I'll receive any replies and if I commit any faux pas, please forgive me. I am currently in the process of writing a grant proposal to fund exploration into a project that would involve centrally (though not exclusively) an alogrithm that could (with some significant margin of error, I have no doubt) identify logical fallacies in standard English, with a particular interest in analyzing journalistic prose, articles, authors, organizations etc.--with however many qualifications wind up ultimately being appended to that description corresponding to whatever aspects ultimately elude debugging within the scope of the project. I expect to get funding for the exploratory stage of my project at least but at stage one--just writing the first proposal--I'm just trying to familiarize myself with the state of the research.
Frankly--though perhaps somewhat naively--I was expecting that there would already be some major beta-stage projects going on in this area and I'm coming up with very little. I think this is an area that's really ripe for development. I would be interested in emailing, skyping with, or by any means communicating with any individual who is currently researching possibilities in this area. I would leave my email or phone number in my comment if this were a closed forum, but if anybody emailed me to vet me or put me in touch with students--or with anyone--currently doing thinking in this area I would be thrilled and grateful.
There are prestigious cognitive science, linguistics, informatics and other relevant departments at my own university but it would be helpful to have my exploratory grant in hand to start relationships & open up doors in those communities to have the kind of conversations I'm hoping to have. What I'd really love is to have an email exchange or some other communications with anybody who's currently working on this to spitball some nitty gritty stuff. For example, I have no idea what an appropriate hourly or per article wage for a cog sci grad to redline & diagram news articles would be, and that would be something I need to build into my projected budget etc. There's probably about 20 or 30 weird specific issues that an hourlong phonecall with somebody who's already in this research would allow me to either get some clarity on or flag as too problematic to deal with at this stage.
I'm an art & design instructor at Indiana University with a background in a sort of exotic business consulting for Fortune 500 clients during which time I essentially liased between developers (with all kinds of cog sci & linguistic backgrounds) & c-suite executives (a population group notorious for certain types of irrationality) during which time I became better grounded in--among other things--formal logic, as well as textually and linguistically analytical algorithms. I also got experience planning, organizing and administering a few big data-harvesting and toolbuilding projects. This territory is new to me but tactically it seems at least homologous to problems I've worked on before. I expect the solution to problems in this territory will be multidisciplinary with cog sci & informatics people forming being the heart and soul--or maybe the brain & spine?--of the project.