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Revisiting the potentialities of a mechanical thesaurus.
  This paper revisits the lattice-based thesaurus models which Margaret Masterman used for machine translation in the 1950’s and 60’s. Masterman’s notions are mapped onto modern, Formal Concept Analysis (FCA) terminology and three of her thesaurus algorithms are formalised with FCA methods. The impact of the historical and social situatedness of Roget’s Thesaurus on such algorithms is considered. The paper concludes by discussing connections between Masterman’s research and modern research

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    31 December 2009

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    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science


Priss, U., & Old, L. J. (2009). Revisiting the potentialities of a mechanical thesaurus. In R. Ferre (Ed.), Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Formal Concept Analysis, ICFCA, 284-298.



lattice-based thesaurus; Margaret Masterman; formal concept analysis;

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