2006-07-22

The semantics of Hoboes

We intended, at the outset, to generate a complete semantic breakdown of every one of the 700 Hoboes, but time and life caught up. Thus, we’re open-sourcing this project, in the worst sense of the concept - we give up, and hope someone else will take up the reins. The idea here is that with a semantic analysis of each hobo name, one could then extract a subset of the (unmanageable) 700 hoboes according to one’s whim - say, just the ones missing a body part, ones possessing a special talent, ones with poor hygiene (not to say that’s not all of them, but we’re just going by the names). You’ll understand once you dive into the data:

125 Hoboes and their semantic properties