3.638 detecting acronyms? (28)

Willard McCarty (MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca)
Wed, 25 Oct 89 17:36:17 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 638. Wednesday, 25 Oct 1989.

Date: Tue, 24 Oct 89 19:52:26 EDT
From: "James H. Coombs" <JAZBO@BROWNVM>
Subject: Detecting Acronyms

Does anyone have algorithms for detecting acronyms in English-language
text? I am converting the Mendelian Inheritance in Man to hypertext and
want to convert several fields from all caps to mixed case. I am checking
syllable structure to detect such acronyms as DNA and ACTH, which should
stay in upper case. Perhaps someone has done something similar?


Dr. James H. Coombs
Senior Software Engineer, Research
Institute for Research in Information and Scholarship (IRIS)
Brown University, Box 1946
Providence, RI 02912