LINGUIST List 14.3360

Fri Dec 5 2003

Qs: Similarity Types; Recognition Software

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  1. Praveen Paritosh, Types of Similarity
  2. Pia Schnetzler, Named entity recognition software

Message 1: Types of Similarity

Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 23:53:31 -0500 (EST)
From: Praveen Paritosh <>
Subject: Types of Similarity

Two things can be similar to each other in many ways -- they can
merely look alike, they can be functionally similar (but not
necesarily look the same), they can be analogous, identical, or just
related to each other (like the lock and the key). I am interested in
how different languages lexicalize these different ''types of
similarity''. The kind of data I am looking for will be the different
types of similarity that are named in a language (e.g., in English, we
have words like alike, analogous, identical, resemble, same,
etc.). Some languages might make fewer and some more distinctions. Any
references, pointers to data, similar studies, or observations about
interesting ways in which languages carve up similarity are
welcome. Please send replies to me, and I will post a summary on the

Thanks in advance,

Praveen Paritosh
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA.
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Message 2: Named entity recognition software

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 04:54:44 -0500 (EST)
From: Pia Schnetzler <>
Subject: Named entity recognition software

Dear all,

For my thesis I am looking for multilingual named entity extraction
software. Unfortunately the tools which support multiple languages
are really expensive and the tools which are available for free do not
support several languages.

Could anyone recommend a tool which is for free or at least offers
cheap academic licenses?

The tool should support at least 3 of the following languages:
- English
- Spanish
- French
- German
- Italian
- Finnish.

Thanks a lot for your help in advance.
Kind regards

Pia Schnetzler 
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