Corpora: measures of semantic distance in wordnet

From: ted pedersen (
Date: Fri Jun 07 2002 - 17:54:07 MET DST

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    We are happy to announce the availability of a free, open-source Perl
    package that implements a variety of semantic distance measures
    that can be used in conjunction with WordNet.

    Distance-0.1 implements the semantic distance measures described by
    Leacock & Chodorow (1998), Jiang & Conrath (1997), Resnik (1995), Lin
    (1998) and Hirst & St. Onge (1998). These five measures were the subject
    of a study by Budanitsky & Hirst (2001) that provided the inspiration
    for undertaking this project. (Complete references are in the README.)

    The package has an easy to use command-line interface. A user specifies
    a distance measure and two words. It will output the measure of
    semantic distance between those two words according to that measure.

    You can download this package (or view the README) at :

    You will need to have WordNet and QueryData (a Perl Module) available.

    QueryData :
    WordNet :


    The Budanitsky and Hirst paper provides a good introduction to all of these measures, and can be found at:

    Enjoy! Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

    -- # Ted Pedersen # # Department of Computer Science # # University of Minnesota Duluth # # Duluth, MN 55812 (218) 726-8770 #

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