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Re: calculate matching words/sentence

by benn (Vicar)
on Sep 05, 2003 at 00:55 UTC ( #289072=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to calculate matching words/sentence

The modules given above (and some others in the Lingua:: namespace as well) will give you the similarity in terms of 'raw words', but that's it. Attempting to derive meaning - 'the same information, told multiple ways' - is another matter altogether, as evidenced by the fact that your two example sentences do *not* say the same one, the fox jumps over the dogs while in the other, it's the dogs who are jumping.

Something like Lingua::LinkParser could help you here. POS analysis would allow you to spot the similarities between "The fox jumped over the dog" and "The dog was jumped over by the fox". More work than simple text matching, but better for reducing the eventual size of the database.

Cheers, Ben.

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