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I've been trying to convert natural language strings into integers for use in a long short-term neural-network. I tried converting to binary, using a bag-of-words, and an associative-array with each letter corresponding to a prime-number.

how can I convert nl sentences, or just the topic of them, to word-vectors or an array of ints?

  • Have you looked at Wordnet and Framenet? – jlawler May 13 '15 at 17:20
  • @jlawler I am aware of wordnet, not framenet. What I would love is an api I can call and get the word-vector from or a file I could download and do the lookup on my own would be better. – wordSmith May 13 '15 at 20:23
  • Could you please phrase your question in the form of a question? – James Grossmann May 18 '15 at 1:18
  • @JamesGrossmann okay, done. Sorry about that. – wordSmith May 19 '15 at 22:37
  • This looks like a programming question, not a linguistics question. – curiousdannii May 20 '15 at 7:52
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I don't have any sense of what you're after, but I have a theory which represents a part of sentence structure with the integers 0-3. The idea is to describe the parsing order of each sentence part with respect to other parts, with lowest numbered parts parsed first. The numbers correspond to the integers assigned to verb arguments in Relational Grammar. The numbers are opposite to the order of application for theories like Categorial Grammar, which represent sentence structure as the application of functions to arguments, where the highest numbered parts are the first applied to.

In effect, the numbers represent the embeddedness of parts of a tree structure.

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  • And they'd help categorize the lexical parts according to what can occur with each. – jlawler May 13 '15 at 17:19
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    @jlawler, no, not if you mean that items with the same level of embedding would interact in subcategorization. Not the way I have worked things out, because, for one thing, two nominal arguments of the same predicate never have the same level (that's the Stratal Uniqueness Law of RG). – Greg Lee May 13 '15 at 18:05
  • Right, but there are a number of possible configurations and not all lexical items will occur in each. That's all -- and it's not much, given the complexity of the lexicon. – jlawler May 13 '15 at 18:11
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    @jlawler I don't understand that. – Greg Lee May 13 '15 at 18:13
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    @jlawler, oh, you mean that verbs can be represented as tree-sisters of their arguments-with-embedding-levels, so you can perhaps maintain the generalization that only sisters subcategorize? So, e.g., we could have a lexical entry (ps rule) S1 -> NP1 gives NP3 NP2 (using the numbers for grammatical relations), to tell us that "gives" takes an indirect object. If that is what you meant, then, yes, that's part of what I'd propose. – Greg Lee May 13 '15 at 20:17

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