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Revisiting the potentialities of a mechanical thesaurus.

Priss, Uta; Old, L John


Uta Priss

L John Old


Rudolph Ferre


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

Start Date May 21, 2009
End Date May 24, 2009
Publication Date 2009
Deposit Date Feb 3, 2010
Publicly Available Date Feb 3, 2010
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5548
Pages 284-298
Book Title Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Formal Concept Analysis, ICFCA
ISBN 978-3-642-01814-5
Keywords lattice-based thesaurus; Margaret Masterman; formal concept analysis;
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Contract Date Feb 3, 2010


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