[Corpora-List] WSD / # WordNet senses / Mechanical Turk

Angus Grieve-Smith grvsmth at panix.com
Wed Jul 17 02:54:22 CEST 2013

On 7/16/2013 4:40 PM, maxwell wrote:
> But who's to say what N should be? It is well known that given M
> experts who are asked to create senses based on the same corpus, for
> any moderately polysemous word you'll get at least M different Ns.
> (Look at any two dictionaries.)

The old joke is that if you ask two Jews to discuss a topic you'll get three opinions, so M+1. But in reality I think it would usually be less than M, somewhere between M and N. That's what communication is: socially negotiated meaning. It's not as hard and fast as Miss Elliott would have you believe, but it's not everyone for themself, either.


-Angus B. Grieve-Smith

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