ActionScript 3 library for searching the University of South Florida Free Association Norms database
ActionScript
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Permalink
Failed to load latest commit information.
src
.actionScriptProperties
.flexLibProperties
.gitignore
.project
README.md

README.md

AS3 Free Association

Overview

Free association is a psychoanalytical testing technique wherein test participants are presented with a stimulus word (i.e a "cue") and asked to respond with the first word that comes to mind (i.e. a "target"). For instance, a participant might be presented with the cue word CHEESE and immediately respond with the target word CHEDDAR.

This library provides an easy way (in ActionScript) to access and explore the free association data found in the University of South Florida Free Association Norms database. This database comprises the largest collection of free association data ever collected in the United States -- over three-quarters of a million responses to 5,019 stimulus words.

Free association databases such as this may prove to be interesting resources worth exploring not only for psychologists, but also for linguists and artificial intelligence researchers. For instance, the AS3 Free Association library allows users to quickly find semantic connective paths between words and concepts. An example query might involve finding the shortest cue to target semantic path between such disparate concepts as "MUSIC" and "DOG" (MUSIC -> PRETTY -> HOT -> DOG).

Other cue to target semantic paths (examples chosen at random) include:

RAINBOW -> BEAUTIFUL -> WOMAN -> MOTHER

or

UNICORN -> WHITE -> BLACK -> DEATH

Reversed (target to cue) and bidirectional paths can also be searched. For instance, the bidirectional path between "2 LIVE CREW" and "GOLD" is:

2 LIVE CREW - CREW - SPORT - TROPHY - GOLD

Documentation

ASDoc documentation forthcoming. Check the unit tests for usage examples until then.

License

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2011 Sean Voisen

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the Software), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED AS IS, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE