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NAME ^ - find depths of WordNet taxonomies

SYNOPSIS ^ [[--wnhome=PATH] [--outfile=FILE|-] [--depthfile=FILE] [--wps] [--verbose]] | --help | --version]

DESCRIPTION ^ finds the depths of WordNet's noun and verb taxonomies; it can also find the depth of each synset in WordNet. This program was originally written for use with the WordNet::Similarity::lch and WordNet::Similarity::wup measures of semantic similarity, but it likely has other uses as well.



The path to WordNet data files. The default is /usr/local/WordNet-2.1/dict on Unix and C:\WordNet\2.1\dict on Windows.


The file to which the maximum depths of the taxomomies should be output. If this option is not given, or if the file name is -, then output will be sent to the standard output.


The file to which the depth of every noun and verb synset should be sent.


The names of synsets in the output as "word#part_of_speech#sense" strings rather than as offsets.


Be verbose.


Show detailed help message.


Show version information.


 Ted Pedersen, University of Minnesota Duluth
 tpederse at

 Jason Michelizzi, University of Minnesota Duluth
 mich0212 at

 Siddharth Patwardhan, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
 sidd at



To report a bug, go to or send an e-mail to "tpederse at".




Copyright (c) 2005, Ted Pedersen, Jason Michelizzi and Siddharth Patwardhan

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Note: a copy of the GNU General Public License is available on the web at and is included in this distribution as GPL.txt.

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