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January 6, 2013

"WordNet is like a souped-up thesaurus"

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I second that emotion.

Wrote Paul Ford in the New York Times Magazine: "I came to know the pioneering cognitive scientist George A. Miller through a program called WordNet, built under his auspices. I first downloaded it in the days of amber screens. I've never stopped using it. WordNet is like a souped-up thesaurus. It connects words along many axes, offering not just synonyms but hypernyms (a cat is a feline is a carnivore is a living thing...) and meronyms (a cat has a paw, which has a pad, as well as a tail that has a dock...). It knows that a dog is a member of a pack and that a car has an engine. It has become my favorite thesaurus, and a thesaurus is a private thing. Software is a way of seeing the world, and WordNet is a portrait of linguistic order that I find appealing: even if you can't find what you seek, it will show you many paths to other, better terms."

Wait a sec... what's that music I'm hearing?

January 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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