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Wed Sep 30 2009

Software: Synview - A syntax tree visualization tool

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        1.    Jan Strunk, Synview - A syntax tree visualization tool

Message 1: Synview - A syntax tree visualization tool
Date: 25-Sep-2009
From: Jan Strunk <strunklinguistics.rub.de>
Subject: Synview - A syntax tree visualization tool
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I would like to draw your attention to a new syntax tree visualization tool
called SynView which was developed by Christian Behrenberg

It can be downloaded at the following address:

SynView is a syntax tree visualization tool that can load sentence
structures in LaTex compatible bracketing format (as used e.g. by Qtree)
from a text file and will then render the set of syntax trees in a
nice-looking and smooth-to-navigate fashion. One of the distinguishing
features of this tool is the ability to zoom in on any constituent in the
tree with just one click of the mouse. Moreover, one can load a whole set
of trees at once, e.g. all possible analyses of an ambiguous sentence or
multiple steps in a syntactic derivation, and quickly browse through these
trees using the arrow keys. These features should make it ideally suited
for use in (computational) linguistics courses.

SynView originally was the visualization part of a parser developed as a
students project in a computational linguistics course at Ruhr-Universit├Ąt
Bochum, Germany. The challenging part was to generate during runtime a nice
rendering of the tree structures determined by the parser. The author used
a 3D engine to create an interactive and immersive visualization that is
both appealing and convenient. Because of the 3D engine used, it is so far
only available for Microsoft Windows.

Jan Strunk
Sprachwissenschaftliches Institut
Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

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