SILKin is a generic Java app with 2 major functions:
- Support a field worker who is gathering genealogical data and kin terms in order to analyze the kinship terminology and concepts in a new language. Allow User to draw family tree diagrams, labeling each node (person or family) with details e.g. name, birth & death dates, and kin terms relative to a particular Ego. Record the kinship data in dyads.
When invoked by User, apply a Machine Learning algorithm to the collected data (dyads) to induce definitions for each kin term and identify similarities to previously-analyzed kinship systems in the SILKin library. In addition to proposing definitions, also identify potential synonyms, umbrella terms, or anomalies in the data.
This release includes a number of fixes including support for right-to-left Scripts. There is a Windows installer available too. To get the released versions (rather than the source which is available on this site) got to http://www.software.SIL.org/silkin
The SIL site has complete information about SILKin, including news, FAQ, installation procedures, Help & Tutorials. It also has bug reporting facilities and notes for developers who may wish to join this project or fork it.