$30,000 for a better spell checker
Written by Lucy Black   
Tuesday, 21 December 2010

I was tempted to give this news item the headline "$30,000 for a better speell chker" but the problem to be addressed is in fact a more subtle one.

 

Banner

 

Microsoft Research and Bing are sponsoring a contest called the Speller Challenge. Like other Microsoft competitions they are looking for team entries, primarily from students and researchers, but you don't have to be affiliated to an academic or industrial lab to enter.

 

spellerchallengebanner

 

The challenge is to create a spell checker that: "generates the most plausible spelling alternatives for a search query". The subtlety, as explained on the Microsoft Research blog, is that: "One person's spelling error could be another's perfect query".

The problem with normal spelling alteration techniques that cope with misspellings through transposed letters, mistyping and common errors is that they "correct" queries for uncommon terms that are entered correctly.

So the task is to come up with a way of presenting search engine results plus useful alternatives and entries have to be submitted in the form of REST-based Web Services. Details of the test datasets being made available for the challenge and the evaluation measures that will be used to judge entries are already available on the Speller Challenge website.

Registration opens on January 17th 2011 with the competition running until May 27th. Winners of five prizes: 1st place $10,000; 2nd place: $8,000; 3rd place: $6,000 4th place: $4,000; 5th place: $2,000 will be announced on June 17th  and a workshop will be held in July to present the results.

Related articles:

Imagine Cup 2011

Banner


Google's Blink Not Implementing W3C Pointer Events
18/08/2014

Since it split away from the WebKit render engine to create Blink, Google has been free to pick and choose what gets implemented. Now we have the news that it has decided to ignore the W3C spec for to [ ... ]



Bing Developer Assistant
20/08/2014

The new plug in from Microsoft that helps developers find code snippets and samples is available for Visual Studio 2012 and 2013. It has been created by combining two existing Visual Studio extensions [ ... ]


More News

Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 July 2011 )
 
 

   
RSS feed of news items only
I Programmer News
Copyright © 2014 i-programmer.info. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.