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Cognition Technologies Creates Semantic Map of the English Language

Cognition Technologies (www.cognition.com), a company with next-generation Semantic Natural Language Processing (NLP) technologies, has announced the release of what it calls "the largest commercially available Semantic Map of the English language." Technologies incorporating it will be able to provide users with more accurate and complete search capabilities, the ability to personalize and filter content, and an improved user experience by significantly reducing the amount of irrelevant information presented.

The company says the scope of Cognition’s Semantic Map is more than double the size of any other computational linguistic dictionary for English, and it includes more than 10 million semantic connections that comprise semantic contexts, meaning representations, taxonomy, and word meaning distinctions. Cognition Technologies’ lexical resources encode semantic, morphological, and syntactic information about the words contained within documents and their relationships to each other. These resources were created, codified, and reviewed by lexicographers and linguists over a span of 24 years.

Cognition’s Semantic Map provides software applications with an "understanding" of more than 4 million semantic contexts (word meanings that create contexts for specific meanings of other related words). It encompasses more than 536,000 word senses (word and phrase meanings); 75,000 concept classes (or synonym classes of word meanings); 7,500 nodes in the technology’s ontology or classification scheme; and 506,000 word stems (roots of words) for the English language. This enables applications to have a more accurate and relevant understanding of content and user interaction and can be deployed in a wide variety of markets, including search, web-based advertising, and machine translation augmentation, to name just a few.

Integration APIs (application programmer interfaces) are available, enabling other applications to rapidly and efficiently tap into Cognitions Semantic Map resources. Enterprise customers for example, can provide semantic search capabilities against their internally developed data repositories or content management systems.

Source: Cognition Technologies



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