There aren’t many tools which allow you to visualise sentences parsed with dependency grammars. Here’s a small tool which generates a PNG of the dependency graph of a given sentence using the Stanford Parser.


How to run:

Dependency graph shown in the image above for Einey’s quote can be generated by following these steps.

  1. Click here to download <dependensee-3.7.0.jar>.
  2. Download the latest version of the Stanford Parser.  I am using version 3.7.0.
  3. Place the jar file in the Stanford Parser folder.
  4. On the command prompt, run

java -cp dependensee-3.7.0.jar;stanford-parser.jar;stanford-parser-3.6.0-models.jar;slf4j-api.jar com.chaoticity.dependensee.Main "Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach." out.png

(If you are on *nix, replace the semicolon by a colon and make sure you have Arial installed. If you have an already parsed dependency output file, replace the sentence by -t input.txt .) 5. Open out.png and admire :)

DependenSee can render part-of-speech tags as well as manages very basic edge overlap. You can also link the library in your code. An example is given below. Comments/queries are welcome and you can also find the source at github.