12.0095 WordNet application to searching

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Wed, 24 Jun 1998 20:08:00 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 95.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[The following taken from the WordNet users' list may interest a number of
Humanists. It concerns the application of George Miller's lexical
reference system WordNet, for which see
<http://www.cogsci.princeton.edu/~wn/>, to database searching. --WM]

Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 19:50:29 +0100
From: Bill Chandler <bchandler@csc.noaa.gov>
Subject: WordNet as search software thesaurus


I would like some feedback on my use of WordNet as a thesaurus for the
Coastal Information Directory (CID).
CID is Internet based search software for locating coastal data and
information using Z39.50 client/server technology.

The results of a search provides an interface to WordNet that displays
related words. A drop down list of synonyms is presented using
searchtype -synsn. A hypernym list is displayed for living organisms
using searchtype -hypen.

What improvements might I try? The URL is:


Thank you,

Bill Chandler * TPMC at
NOAA/Coastal Services Center <http://www.csc.noaa.gov>
2234 South Hobson Avenue, Charleston, SC 29405-2413
843.740.1228 * bchandler@csc.noaa.gov

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