Word:

Stemmer

Stem´mer
n.1.One who, or that which, stems (in any of the senses of the verbs).
Noun1.stemmer - a worker who strips the stems from moistened tobacco leaves and binds the leaves together into books
Synonyms: sprigger, stripper
2.stemmer - a worker who makes or applies stems for artificial flowers
3.stemmer - an algorithm for removing inflectional and derivational endings in order to reduce word forms to a common stem
4.stemmer - a miner's tamping bar for ramming packing in over a blasting charge
5.stemmer - a device for removing stems from fruit (as from grapes or apples)
(information science, human language)stemmer - A program or algorithm which determines the morphological root of a given inflected (or, sometimes, derived) word form -- generally a written word form.

A stemmer for English, for example, should identify the string "cats" (and possibly "catlike", "catty" etc.) as based on the root "cat", and "stemmer", "stemming", "stemmed" as based on "stem".

English stemmers are fairly trivial (with only occasional problems, such as "dries" being the third-person singular present form of the verb "dry", "axes" being the plural of "ax" as well as "axis"); but stemmers become harder to design as the morphology, orthography, and character encoding of the target language becomes more complex. For example, an Italian stemmer is more complex than an English one (because of more possible verb inflections), a Russian one is more complex (more possible noun declensions), a Hebrew one is even more complex (a hairy writing system), and so on.

Stemmers are common elements in query systems, since a user who runs a query on "daffodils" probably cares about documents that contain the word "daffodil" (without the s).

(This dictionary has a rudimentary stemmer which currently (April 1997) handles only conversion of plurals to singulars).
sprigger, stripper, worker
Browse
stem-cell research
Stem-clasping
Stem-winder
Stem-winding
Stemless
stemless carline thistle
stemless daisy
stemless golden weed
stemless hymenoxys
Stemlet
stemlike
Stemma
stemmatic
stemmatics
stemmatology
stemmed
-- Stemmer --
Stemmery
stemming
stemming algorithm
Stemmy
Stemple
Stemson
Sten gun
Stench
stench bomb
Stench trap
Stenchy
Stencil
Stenciler
Stendhal
Stengel
Stenocarpus
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