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Re: What are the monks doing with Perl and Linguistics?

by Mur (Pilgrim)
on May 09, 2003 at 19:21 UTC ( #256984=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to What are the monks doing with Perl and Linguistics?

Well, I dunno if this qualifies: we're using Lingua::* modules to analyze words for indexing on web pages. Specifically, if a user searches for "advertising", we check words for common stems and so find --
  • ... advert
  • ... advertise
  • ... advertised
  • ... advertiser
  • ... advertisers
  • ... advertises
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Re: Re: What are the monks doing with Perl and Linguistics?
by allolex (Curate) on May 09, 2003 at 19:50 UTC

    Very interesting stuff. I had a look at the "nexcepts" on your site. Yes, the Lingua derivational morphology modules (looks like Stem, Infinitive, Inflect) have provided some good results. It made me think about how I might go about doing something similar.

    One thing that might make your searches better is some way to account for morphology that is not just stem + ending, like pronounce/pronunciation/pronouncement. Also, grouping (near-)synonyms like "brotherly" and "fraternal" may improve your results. Of course my examples are a bit textbookish, but I'm sure that you can refine things using your expert knowledge about what sort of information your clients might want to look up.


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