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Homonym Detection and Resolution via Graphical Association

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108411D
Original Publication Date: 1992-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 66K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, GP: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Users of electronic text-editing programs may input words which, while spelled correctly, have a radically different meaning than that intended by the user. Often, the user has inputted the wrong word because it sounds identical to the "correct" word that the user intended. These words are termed "homonyms". Users need a mechanism to detect homonyms in a document and to have the meanings of related words (other homonyms) made clear, so that the user may be assured of having chosen the correct word(s).

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Homonym Detection and Resolution via Graphical Association

      Users of electronic text-editing programs may input words
which, while spelled correctly, have a radically different meaning
than that intended by the user.  Often, the user has inputted the
wrong word because it sounds identical to the "correct" word that the
user intended.  These words are termed "homonyms".  Users need a
mechanism to detect homonyms in a document and to have the meanings
of related words (other homonyms) made clear, so that the user may be
assured of having chosen the correct word(s).

      Provided is a software process termed the "Homonym Detection
and Resolution Mechanism" (HDRM) whereby homonyms are detected in a
document and the user is made aware of the alternatives to the
selected word(s).  This process provides a means whereby graphical
images are associated with homonyms, to facilitate the user's
decision as to the word's appropriateness.

      If the process finds a word in the text which matches a group
entry in a Homonym Table, the HDRM process displays a graphical
depiction of that word.  Importantly, the process can display
graphical depictions of all that word's homonyms to the user, in the
format specified in the Homonym Table. For instance, the process can
present the user with a window containing the detected homonym (along
with a brief definition of the word and/or a graphical image
depicting the word) as well as windows containing alternate meanings
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