Cloud App of the Week: Thesaurus for Chrome, Firefox and Safari Called Artha
Artha is a Sanskrit term meaning “purpose, cause, motive, meaning”. It also refers to the idea of wealth and prosperity.
Artha is an ease-to-use thesaurus based on WordNet, the large lexical database of English, where nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are grouped into sets of cognitive synonyms (synsets), each expressing a distinct concept, in other words, they are linked semantically.
Unlike other dictionaries and thesauruses, Artha on rollApp can be used in your browser – on desktop, iPad or Chromebook.
Artha 1.0.3 key features include global hotkey look-up, regular expression based search, spelling suggestions for a misspelled word, i.e. when a misspelled word is queried for, Artha provides near-match suggestions.
For a given word, the possible relatives shown by the Artha app includes
- Pertainyms (Related Noun/Verb)
- Similar Terms
- Domain Terms
- Entails (what verb entails doing)
- Causes (what a verb causes to)
- Hypernyms (is a kind of)
- Hyponyms (kinds)
- Holonyms (is a part of)
- Meronyms (parts)
Go to www.rollApp.com/app/artha and click Launch Online:
WordNet’s structure makes it a useful tool for computational linguistics and natural language processing.
WordNet superficially resembles a thesaurus, in that it groups words together based on their meanings. But there are some distinctions. First, WordNet interlinks not just word forms—strings of letters—but specific senses of words. As a result, words that are found in close proximity to one another in the network are semantically disambiguated. Second, WordNet labels the semantic relations among words, whereas the groupings of words in a thesaurus does not follow any explicit pattern other than meaning similarity.