Word I find software that can get to the root of this problem?
May 13, 2010 1:06 PM Subscribe
How do I obtain a list of all words associated with a list of word roots / stems?
posted by hooves to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
(Please excuse my possibly incorrect linguistics/computer science terminology. )
Essentially, I want to automate the process of finding all existing words with the same root. If the root were "alarm", I would want the output to be alarm, alarms, alarming, alarmed, etc.
I have been given a large list of words in an Excel document. Each column represents a category of words and word roots. Entries with an asterisk at the end (e.g. alarm*) represent a root and need to be "reverse stemmed", for ignorance of a more accurate term. For each column, the output should then be added to an already existing text file of alphabetically sorted words belonging to that same category. One more catch, the existing text file has a column of the number "2" to the right of each word. I would like the newly inserted words to have the number "5" in that same column.
I'm hoping that someone knows of a way to get this done without resorting to writing my own program. I am not averse to the Linux command line, just very rusty. Even software that allows me to manually input a root and receive a list of possible words would save a substantial amount of time, however.