Hackathon project: Saurus, an automatic thesaurus

July 30, 2014

This past weekend, my friends Doug Safreno and Clay Schubiner won the “best API integration” award with me at the 2014 Meteor Hackathon.

We built Saurus, a word processor with real-time natural language processing. It finds synonyms and Wikipedia articles for you as you type.

Saurus uses context-aware parsing and part-of-speech tagging to recognize named entities in order to provide smart Wikipedia results, word synonyms from WordNet, background themes from Flickr using AlchemyAPI, and more.


Check it out at http://thesaurus.meteor.com

The code is written with extensibility in mind, so you can pipe-in new APIs to create new semantic helpers and customize them. It's open sourced and available here: