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The VerbCorner Project

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Presented By gameswithwords.org
Goal Help scientists train computers to understand language.
Task Simply answer questions about word meaning.
Where Online only
Description

Dictionaries have existed for centuries, but scientists still haven't worked out the exact meanings for most words. This is a serious problem if you want to train computers to understand language. If we don't know what words mean, it's hard to teach computers what they mean. It is similarly hard to understand how children come learn the meanings of words, when we don't fully understand those meanings ourselves.

Rather than try to work out the definition of a word all at once, we have broken the problem into a series of separate tasks. Each task has a fanciful backstory -- which we hope you enjoy! -- but at its heart, each task is asking about a specific component of meaning that scientists suspect makes up one of the building blocks of meaning.

You can participate for as little as a few minutes or come back to the site over and over to help code the many thousands of words in English.

How to Join

Sign up at http://gameswithwords.org/VerbCorner/

At the website, you can answer questions about word meaning. We record these response and from them try to build a more accurate picture of what the word means.

Website http://gameswithwords.org/VerbCorner/
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Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags artificial intelligence, language, psychology, words games with words
Project Updated 04/11/2017