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Ordering the suggestions of a spellchecker without using context.

Mitton, Roger (2009) Ordering the suggestions of a spellchecker without using context. Natural Language Engineering 15 (2), pp. 173-192. ISSN 1351-3249.


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Having located a misspelling, a spellchecker generally offers some suggestions for the intended word. Even without using context, a spellchecker can draw on various types of information in ordering its suggestions. A series of experiments is described, beginning with a basic corrector that implements a well-known algorithm for reversing single simple errors, and making successive enhancements to take account of substring matches, pronunciation, known error patterns, syllable structure and word frequency. The improvement in the ordering produced by each enhancement is measured on a large corpus of misspellings. The final version is tested on other corpora against a widely used commercial spellchecker and a research prototype.

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Additional Information: Published by Cambridge University Press, who hold the copyright. The final publisher's version is embargoed until February 2010.
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Computer Science and Information Systems
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Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2009 14:46
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