Princeton’s Wordnet

WordNet® describes itself as “a useful tool for computational linguistics and natural language processing.” So what is it? It “is a large lexical database of English. Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are grouped into sets of cognitive synonyms (synsets), each expressing a distinct concept. Synsets are interlinked by means of conceptual-semantic and lexical relations. The resulting network of meaningfully related words and concepts can be navigated with the browser. WordNet is also freely and publicly available for download.”

I’ve never, myself, used it in any systematic sort of way, and the output (depending on the display settings) can be pretty overwhelming, but it’s clear that there’s a wealth of data there, waiting to be mined. See what you think at



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