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WordNet & Wiktionary[edit]

Is it possible to relicense WordNet's database to GNU FDL for Wiktionary? —Tokek 03:31, 11 February 2006 (UTC)

BSD license would imply that, yes. --maru (talk) contribs 05:07, 15 April 2006 (UTC)
As explained on the user's talk page (on 04:06, 5 May 2006 (UTC)), this is a bad idea because the synonym-grouping makes the definitions very inaccurate, and overall Wordnet is a psychology or artificial intelligence project, not a sound dictionary project. —Centrxtalk • 20:10, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

List of WordNet APIs[edit]

There are a number of "see also" and external links that point to products or sites that use or extend WordNet, including WordWeb, Wordnet.Net, TheFreeDictionary, Titiland Dictionary, and Online Synonymous Thesaurus. There are also some notable ones that are not mentioned. I propose to remove those individual product links and instead link to which is the list of such efforts maintained by the WordNet group at Princeton. If that is too controversial, I will add some of those other projects to the external references instead.

Tono-bungay 21:06, 16 April 2006 (UTC)

Incorrect Definitions[edit]

Over the last five years, I have worked extensively with WordNet. Along the way I have encountered a huge number of definitions that are obviously wrong, e.g. the troy ounce as a unit of weight in the apothecary system, which it is not. I am not counting borderline cases, e.g. megabyte defined as a million bytes instead of 2 to the exponent 20, since both definitions could be considered valid (although it would have been nice to include the original definition). The point is, WordNet's error rate is extremely high. It's as if the Wikipedia allowed anyone to contribute, but only authorized 2 or 3 people to error check and make corrections. The increasing reliance on WordNet reminds me of the story of the large commercial jetliner that had to taxi back to the gate in order to reboot Windows.Zyxwv99 (talk) 17:06, 14 November 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia notes that a troy ounce is closely related to the ounce in the Apothecarie's system, so in fact wordnet's rather short definition seems to be correct at the level of granularity being considered (although it could not doubt be improved). I think the rate of actual errors, as opposed to sub-optimal definitions is not particularly high: I have parsed every definition sentence to extract various information, and done the same for several other published dictionaries, and did not notice any clear difference in accuracy. Francis Bond (talk) 15:14, 9 January 2016 (UTC)

WordNet local file for GoldenDict[edit]

I realize that it is not the right place for practical advice, but I will take the risk...
Well, you can go here and get the app, e.g. the portable version. But you can also read as follows: If you need a good English dictionary with a clear and free license, get this one, a full version of WordNet 3.0 specially formatted for GoldenDict. Ok, but how to make the dictionary file to be seen by GoldenDict? To do so, just unzip the WordNet file. You will get a folder with several files. Put that folder (with files of course) in the ...\GoldenDict\content\. You will get ...\GoldenDict\content\WordNet_3.0. And that's all you need. Enjoy :-) (talk) 22:35, 19 February 2015 (UTC)