Word Sense Disambiguation
Edited by Eneko Agirre and Philip Edmonds

Help: How to search the book

The purpose of this search interface is to supplement the hardcopy indexes. The hardcopy of the book includes two manually created indexes:
Due to space constraints, time constraints, and other limitations of manual indexing (e.g., subjectivity), the hardcopy indexes are necessarily limited in coverage and are not easily searched.

This searchable index instead includes all occurrences of proper names, citations, and significant terms in the book. The search engine searches the index rather than the book (a kind of meta-search). The textual context of each term is however shown in the form of a "keyword in context" (KWIC) concordance.

This index was generated by automatic text mining and indexing software developed by Phil Edmonds at Sharp Laboratories of Europe in 2003-2005. The user interface was designed by Phil Edmonds. The citations-to-references map was generated by Eneko Agirre. Send comments and suggestions for new/improved functionality to phil@hipposmond.com. [Credits]


The main page allows you to enter your search query. The query can be a word, a phrase, or any regular expression. For example:

frequeSearch for any term containing "freque" (e.g., "frequency", "frequent", "frequencies", ...
topicWith exact phrase selected, search for any term containing "topic" (but not "topics")
topic signatureSearch for any term containing "topic signature"
WilksSearch for the name "Wilks" (in citations)
2004Search for citations of papers published in 2004
135With exact phrase selected, search for terms on page 135.

The search is case-insensitive. Tick the "Exact word/phrase" box to get exact matches only, instead of substring matches.

Results page

The results page lists all the terms in the book that match the query. For the query "topic", we get:

result page

There are three sections in the results page:

The size of the term represents the frequency of the term (i.e., the more occurrences, the bigger the font). The horizontal position equates to roughly the location of the term in the book. Placing the cursor over a term, a yellow pop-up windows shows the chapters and page numbers where the term occurs. Clicking on the KWIC box brings up the keyword-in-context interface (see below). Clicking on any word will start a new search for that term.

Click on Include singletons to also list the terms that occur only once (normally they are excluded).

Click on Printable version to get a printer friendly version of the results page which includes the page numbers of all results. For example:

printable version of result

Key Word In Context (KWIC)

Press the KWIC button next to an index term to see a keyword-in-context concordance that shows all the occurrences of the term.


References (REFS)

Press the REFS button next to a citation to see a list of the references (papers) to which it refers. There'll be one reference for each chapter in which the citation occurs, which might be different, since references are organized per chapter.


Copyright © 2006 Philip Edmonds and Eneko Agirre. All rights reserved.