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From Benson Margulies <>
Subject Re: wordnet
Date Thu, 18 Jun 2009 18:22:28 GMT
Other people I've spoken to agree with Ted: adding Wordnet pretty
reliably makes things worse.

On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 2:12 PM, Ted Dunning<> wrote:
> One of the take-aways of all of this work is that it is difficult to get
> large amounts of performance lift from resources built for purposes
> different than what you are doing.
> Wordnet was not built to specifically help with search or with data mining.
> It was built because people wanted to explore whether a machine readable
> dictionary like data source would help.  Occasionally it does, but more
> often it does not.  The observation that links are not weighted is one
> problem that is commonly encountered, but that only raises the question of
> how to weight links.  That question has no single answer.
> On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 8:54 AM, Stephen Green <>wrote:
>> Seriously, though, there's been a lot of work on this, and you should get
>> some good ideas from some of the work that was done in this century :-)
>>  Man, I'm getting old.
> --
> Ted Dunning, CTO
> DeepDyve

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