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i need to extract non-boring words from an arbitrary string of text. any ideas? this would seem like something that morbus , aaron or les might be into. basically i want to create a topical list of words and phrases from arbitrary text. i know the cia has been working on this for years, but there has to be a poor man's version of this somewhere.

i'd like to take text from a chat room application and construct a custom list of topical keywords based on the chat histories. these will get fed into jwz's webcollage which will create a composite of images fetched based on conversational topics. i've got most of it running right now, but there's a load of noise based on mundane words like "if", "and", "but" etc.

right about now, i'm wishing i comments enabled. i know it's a hard problem but any ideas are welcome.

of course, i'll release the code once i make some basic design decisions.

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3/19/2003 09:40:00 PM 0 comments


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