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Re: [ontolog-forum] Average Daily Word Exposure

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From: David Eddy <deddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 11:58:53 -0400
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John -    (01)

On Aug 12, 2010, at 11:38 AM, John Bottoms wrote:    (02)

> David Eddy maintains a list of "common" usage terms for computing,
> such as ZIP, SS#, employeeID, for computing and it contains a
> brazillion entries.    (03)

Since you present it that way, as an exercise in trying to grasp the  
challenge, I built a prototype "dictionary" in 2006.  It largely  
contains acronyms, but the line between an acronym & a word does get  
fuzzy.  For certain I personally do not make much of a distinction  
between an acronym & a word.    (04)

I collected 2,000 terms with 68,000 meanings before the guys with the  
white coats showed up.    (05)

The "winner" in 2006 was "cc" with 298 meanings.  Today that tally is  
holding at 421 meanings.  Ouch.    (06)

(as of 2006)
SS = 247
ID = 70    (07)

Something of a disambiguation challenge.    (08)

I believe George Miller's "Ambiguous Words"  (http:// 
www.kurzweilai.net/ambiguous-words) uses 10 as the "average" number  
of meanings for a word.  Clearly my dictionary blows that totally out  
of the water.    (09)

David Eddy
deddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx    (010)

781-455-0949    (011)

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