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Is there a way to find a common topic given a set of words?

For example, by giving the words: blue, red, green, the common theme would be color, or from beef, hamburger, salad, sandwich I would get food.

I don't know if there are studies or tools to help with this word categorization

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    are you building something or do you want to know if something exists? Commented Jun 9, 2018 at 2:22
  • We'll both, if there is a theory and no application I can create something, even better if something exists already Commented Jun 9, 2018 at 14:51
  • Checking a thesaurus would be a start, though you'd have to distinguish different senses of most English words, which means at least a little tagging and parsing first.
    – jlawler
    Commented Jun 9, 2018 at 17:57

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