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Help: Experts of dict format wanted (Was: wordnet_2.1-1_i386.changes ACCEPTED)


I finally managed to upload the new WordNet version.  I had to build a
new upstream source ball because upstream does not provide the real
database source in the same tarball as the binary program.  Thus I
mixed the two upstream tarballs WNgrind-2.1.tar.gz (containing database
source and the grind program that processes the database) and
WordNet-2.1.tar.gz (that contains the wordnet code) to one single tarball
and rewrote the autofoo stuff to build database and code from one source.

Once I had to change the source I just added the wnfilter program
that was written by Rik Faith and used by the former dict-wn package
maintainer Bob Hilliard to obtain the dict-wn dictionary from the
wordnet database.  It was originally written for WordNet version 1.6
and worked perfectly for WordNet 2.0.  Unfortunately it does not
work for version 2.1 any more.  This can be verified by

## dict can not find term "test"
~$ dict -d wn test
No definitions found for "test", perhaps you mean:
wn:  testy  jest  nest  pest  zest  teat  text

## but it finds "text"
~$ dict -d wn text
1 definition found

From WordNet (r) 2.1 (July 2005) [wn]:

      n 1: the words of something written; "there were more than a
           thousand words of text"; "they handed out the printed
           text of the mayor's speech"; "he wants to reconstruct
           the original text" [syn: {textual matter}]
      2: a passage from the Bible that is used as the subject of a
         sermon; "the preacher chose a text from Psalms to
         introduce his sermon"
      3: a book prepared for use in schools or colleges; "his
         economics textbook is in its tenth edition"; "the
         professor wrote the text that he assigned students to buy"
          [syn: {textbook}, {text edition}, {schoolbook}, {school
         text}] [ant: {trade book}]
      4: the main body of a written work (as distinct from
         illustrations or footnotes etc.); "pictures made the text
         easier to understand"

## But the Wordnet dictionary definitely contains "test"
~$ wordnet test -over
Overview of noun test

The noun test has 6 senses (first 5 from tagged texts)

1. (103) test, mental test, mental testing, psychometric test -- (any standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality etc; "the test was standardized on a large sample of students")
2. (103) test, trial, run -- (the act of testing something; "in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"; "he called each flip of the coin a new trial")
3. (90) test, trial -- (the act of undergoing testing; "he survived the great test of battle"; "candidates must compete in a trial of skill")
4. (76) trial, trial run, test, tryout -- (trying something to find out about it; "a sample for ten days free trial"; "a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain")
5. (45) examination, exam, test -- (a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge; "when the test was stolen the professor had to make a new set of questions")
6. test -- (a hard outer covering as of some amoebas and sea urchins)

Overview of verb test

The verb test has 7 senses (first 3 from tagged texts)

1. (37) test, prove, try, try out, examine, essay -- (put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe")
2. (9) screen, test -- (test or examine for the presence of disease or infection; "screen the blood for the HIV virus")
3. (4) quiz, test -- (examine someone's knowledge of something; "The teacher tests us every week"; "We got quizzed on French irregular verbs")
4. test -- (show a certain characteristic when tested; "He tested positive for HIV")
5. test -- (achieve a certain score or rating on a test; "She tested high on the LSAT and was admitted to all the good law schools")
6. test -- (determine the presence or properties of (a substance))
7. test -- (undergo a test; "She doesn't test well")

I'm absolutely uneducated about the dict format and have no idea why some
words were found but some others are not found.  For the moment I decided
to upload the new WordNet packages to experimental until this issue is
solved.  I hope for some help (also group maintainance is welcome) to
sort this out.

Kind regards


Date: Sun, 08 Jan 2006 08:32:43 -0800
From: Debian Installer <installer@ftp-master.debian.org>
To: Andreas Tille <tille@debian.org>
Subject: wordnet_2.1-1_i386.changes ACCEPTED

  to pool/main/w/wordnet/dict-wn_2.1-1_all.deb
  to pool/main/w/wordnet/wordnet-base_2.1-1_all.deb
  to pool/main/w/wordnet/wordnet-dev_2.1-1_i386.deb
  to pool/main/w/wordnet/wordnet-sense-index_2.1-1_all.deb
  to pool/main/w/wordnet/wordnet_2.1-1.diff.gz
  to pool/main/w/wordnet/wordnet_2.1-1.dsc
  to pool/main/w/wordnet/wordnet_2.1-1_i386.deb
  to pool/main/w/wordnet/wordnet_2.1.orig.tar.gz
Announcing to debian-devel-changes@lists.debian.org
Setting bugs to severity fixed: 322862 330740

Thank you for your contribution to Debian.

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