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Dictionary Access Method with Word Occurrence

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116218D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Uramoto, N: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for flexible dictionary consultation using pattern of adjacent words and other information. The method makes it possible to filter the contents of the dictionary in order to help user to find correct word meaning.

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Dictionary Access Method with Word Occurrence

      Disclosed is a method for flexible dictionary consultation
using pattern of adjacent words and other information.  The method
makes it possible to  filter the contents of the dictionary in order
to help user to find correct word meaning.

      Suppose user consults the dictionary for the word "draw" that
appears in the following sentence.
  "The Girl drew her gloves off".

      In the conventional method, only "draw" is passed to the
dictionary access program.  Fig. 1 shows the dictionary format of
"draw".  In this case, the meaning of the "draw" is to take off
(draw off).  The word "draw" has many meanings, and the meaning of
"draw off" is not popular.  Therefore, it is difficult for user to
find the correct meaning since the order of meanings in dictionaries
is sorted according to their frequency.

In the disclosed method, the following information is passed the
enhanced access program:
  1.  The word "draw".
  2.  The adjacent words of "draw".

      The format of the dictionary contains a pattern for each
word-sense.  Fig. 2 shows the new format of the entry word "draw".
The pattern of each word-meaning is described in the format.  The
right hand of the data is the same as conventional format of
dictionaries.

The enhanced access program executes the following steps.
  Step 1.  Words in the sentence is converted to its base form.
   (the, girl, draw, her, white, glove).
  Step 2.  The...