A study of distributional semantics, or the classification of words on a behavioral basis, in automatic language data processing. The Memorandum presents some of the relevant behavioral conditions, applies these conditions to specified words in a restricted text, and measures the similarity of behavior of words that are presumed to be similar in meaning. The experiment is intended as a test of the validity of the distributional approach to semantics.
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