Questions for Team Wordseer

Today (Wednesday, March 14th) Team Wordseer presented on their Phase 1 results. Questions from their colleagues are in the comments below.

6 thoughts on “Questions for Team Wordseer

  1. All agree that Aditi Muralidharan is exceptionally helpful, that Wordseer is faster and more accessible than the other programs, and that having the plays uploaded already is wonderful.

  2. What exactly are the ‘Related Words’? Richelle called them synonyms, but aren’t there some related words that come up that seem very different.

    • Related words has four categories of words that can be used to explore other, similar searches. For the purpose of this reply I’ll use an example in the word ‘condemned’:

      words used in similar contexts:
      eg. directed
      adjucated
      accused
      quit
      interred
      inclined
      wronged

      They are words that are used alot that could make sense in a sentence where the original word is replaced with them and are used in the same situations as the word.

      Nearby verbs:
      eg. die
      speak
      done

      These are verbs that are near the chosed word, organized by number of counts of that verb being used near an instance of the original word.

      Nearby adjectives:
      eg. great
      true
      old

      similar to nearby verbs, but with adjectives.

      Nearby nouns:
      eg. honour
      sons
      tears

      similar to Nearby verbs and Nearby adjectives, but with nouns.

  3. Dane’s argument is that Wordseer is a hypothesis-generating tool, rather than a hypothesis-confirming tool.

  4. I wonder if the lack of lemmas in Wordseer’s encoding (i.e. behind the scenes) is a limitation that Wordhoard might help to address. If you’re looking for all instances of love/loving/loved etc. Wordseer would need you to search them individually — but Wordhoard could help you generate this list.

    • I thought about this when WordHoard presented. I think that together these tools will compliment each other and provide each with new words to use and insights for comparison.

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