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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.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Published by Cambridge University Press, who hold the copyright. The final publisher's version is embargoed until February 2010.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2009 14:46
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:29


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