CNTLIST(5WN) WordNettm File Formats CNTLIST(5WN)
cntlist - file listing number of times each tagged sense occurs in a
semantic concordance, sorted most to least frequently tagged
cntlist.rev - file listing number of times each tagged sense occurs in
a semantic concordance, sorted by sense key
A cntlist file for a semantic concordance lists the number of times
each semantically tagged sense occurs in the concordance and its sense
number in the WordNet database. Each line in the file corresponds to a
sense in the WordNet database to which at least one semantic tag
points. Only senses that are tagged in a concordance are in the con-
cordance's cntlist file.
WordNet Database cntlist File
In the WordNet database, words are assigned sense numbers based on fre-
quency of use in semantically tagged corpora. The cntlist file used by
grind(1WN) to build the WordNet database and assign the sense numbers
is a union of the cntlist files from the various semantic concordances
that were formerly released by Princeton University. This combined
cntlist file is provided with the WordNet package and is found in the
The cntlist.rev file is used at run-time by the WordNet library code
and browser interfaces to print in the output display the number of
times each sense has been tagged.
Each line in a cntlist file contains information for one sense. The
file is ordered from most to least frequently tagged sense. The fields
are separated by one space, and each line is terminated with a newline
character. Senses having the same tag_cnt value are listed in reverse
alphabetical order of the lemma field of the sense_key.
Each line in cntlist is of the form:
tag_cnt sense_key sense_number
where tag_cnt is the decimal number of times the sense is tagged in the
corresponding semantic concordance. sense_key is a WordNet sense
encoding and sense_number is a WordNet sense number as described in
The cntlist.rev file contains the same fields described above, in the
sense_key sense_number tag_cnt
Princeton no longer maintains or releases the Semantic Concordance
files. The cntlist file used to order the senses in WordNet 3.0 was
generated from the Semantic Concordance files at the point that they
were last updated in 2001. In general, the order of senses presented
usually reflects what the user would expect, however sense ordering is
now less reliable than in prior releases and should not be construed as
an accurate indicator of frequency of use.
ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES (UNIX)
WNHOME Base directory for WordNet. Default is
WNSEARCHDIR Directory in which the WordNet database has been
installed. Default is WNHOME/dict.
Base directory for WordNet. Default is C:\Pro-
User's default browser options.
file of combined semantic concordance cntlist
files. Used to assign sense numbers in WordNet
grind(1WN), wnintro(5WN), senseidx(5WN).
WordNet 3.0 Dec 2006 CNTLIST(5WN)
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