Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus
Entry ID: Plumb_Visual_Thesaurus
Abstract: An experiment in language and interface, Plumb Design's Visual Thesaurus is
both an artistic exploration and a tool to explore, study, and analyze the
structure of language. By displaying the interrelationships between words and
meanings as spatial maps, the Visual Thesaurus translates language into a
The Visual Thesaurus was created using Plumb Design's Thinkmap® ... visualization
software, a Java-based technology designed to create dynamic interfaces to
information systems that reveal interrelationships often obscured by
conventional methods of navigation and information display. Please visit
http://www.plumbdesign.com/products/thinkmap for more information about
The Visual Thesaurus accesses data from WordNet, a publicly available lexical
reference system developed by the Cognitive Science Laboratory at Princeton
University. This database, inspired by psycholinguistic theories of human
lexical memory, contains over 50,000 words and 40,000 phrases collected into
more than 70,000 sense meanings.
Designed to be accessible to a broad audience, including low-bandwidth users,
the original Visual Thesaurus, launched in early 1998, tapped only a small
portion of the comprehensive WordNet database. The new Visual Thesaurus exposes
more of the relationships between words and their meanings to reveal clusters
of words and meanings related by underlying lexical concepts.
In addition to the Online Edition, you can download a Desktop Edition to use
even when you are not connected to the Internet. The Desktop Edition offers the
same functionality as the Online Edition and more.
ISO Topic Category
Use Constraints Platform Versions Memory Disk Space
Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP 128 MB 20 MB
Macintosh OS X 128 MB 20 MB
Please note that we do not currently support Windows 95 or Macintosh OS 9. If
you are interested in a Windows 95 or Macintosh OS 9 version, please use our
support form and let us know. If we get enough requests, we will consider
adding additional versions.
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