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Current Research Feature: HiDEx now has a companion vector set available for download. Get started using HiDEx in a jiffy.
A word list that includes neighborhood density measures for over 50,000 English words is also now available. See the downloads section for more details.

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report iconExploring lexical co-occurrence space using HiDEx by Cyrus Shaoul & Chris Westbury (at BRM)
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LINGUA: The Language-Independent Neighbourhood Generator of the University of Alberta by Chris Westbury, Geoff Hollis and Cyrus Shaoul. (at INGENTA CONNECT)

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More publications here.

Recent news

Oct 1st, 2013

After a quiet period, things are happening again on this web site! The download system for our corpora was not functioning very well for while, but now it is up and running again, so please click below to download some of our corpora. The new version of the USENET corpus has a reduced amount of redundant text, which means it is smaller (at 9GB!) and easier to download.
Also, HiDEx now supports Unicode characters and has some other enhancements, so go get the development version of HiDEx, version 0.06 (only available over git right now).

Get the new, reduced redundancy USENET corpus or the Wikipedia corpus.
Get the new version of HiDEx.

Oct 7th, 2010
Prof. Westbury recently participated in a departmental seminar/debate on the resolution that "we should take the 'psych' out of psychology".

Watch the video here.

May 20th, 2010
Four new resources were released today:
Jan 12th, 2010
The USENET corpus was updated today, and all postings for the year 2009 are now available over BitTorrent.

Feb 20th, 2009
The first version of HiDEx has new been released and it allows the user to run a large variety of HAL models. All the source code is available for download here.

July 15th, 2008
Version 1.2 of LINGUA was released today. It includes some improvements that will make it easier to use. Please click here to download it.
January 30th, 2008
We have a new tool available on the web site: CorrelationPCalculator. This spreadsheet will calculate the p value for any linear correlation.
November 16th, 2007
We have a new piece of software available on the web site: ACTUATE. It is a simple tool for creating and running psychological experiments and tests.
March 18th, 2007
Did you ever want to know the orthographic neighbours for a word? We have now made available a set of neighbors for over 111,000 English words. This set was created with our free tool called LINGUA.
Dec 20th, 2006
A 8 billion word beta version of a USENET corpus was made available for download to users on academic networks
Dec 19th, 2006
The annual lab party took place. Click on this image to see the full size version:
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