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Friday, July 29, 2016

Using The English Of Non-Native Speakers In Order To Make Smarter Computers

The English of Non-Native Speakers Could Make Smarter Computers

Researchers create first major database of non-native English in an effort to improve machine learning

Amar Toor | July 29, 2016

Researchers at MIT have created a database of annotated sentences written by non-native English speakers, the university announced in a press release Friday, in an effort to improve the ways in which computers process written or spoken language.
Most natural language processing (NLP) technology is based on machine learning, whereby computers identify patterns in large datasets. The problem, though, is that these systems are based on standard English, and therefore might not be able to pick up on the quirks and subtleties of non-native speakers.

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