Text analytics application du jour

The Visual Thesaurus is worth a glance for amateur etymologists as well as writers. Linked node data visualization transforms the elderly thesaurus into a much more useful reference tool. Usage is fee-based but nominal.

Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

Thesauruses (thesaurii?) identify context-appropriate and idiomatically correct synonyms.  Apparently this isn’t so easy to for a search engine, Google included.  A recent article from Wired.com went into a lot of detail about Google’s word search algorithms, and made the amusing disclosure that distinguishing between  a “hot dog” and a “boiled puppy” is still an issue.

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