Language Technology Seminar Series
Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
The University of Melbourne
Title: Intelligent Dictionary Lookup for Japanese
Speaker: Lars Yencken (University of Melbourne)
Location: ICT Building, Room 2.06
Date: 7 July 2006
Time: 12-1pm **Note Unusual Time**
Dictionary lookup for unknown words is particularly slow and
cumbersome in orthographic languages such as Chinese or Japanese.
First-language speakers of Chinese circumvent this via graphical input
methods, but such methods are not available to Japanese, and are still
hard for second-language learners. Better lookup methods are evolving,
which exploit partial knowledge and error models to convert the
problem of lookup to one of search. We present an experiment run to
obtain human similarity judgements, and the outcomes and models
generated from that experiment. Further, we discuss extension to
dictionary search at the word level through the FOKS system, and at
the inividual kanji level through the Kansuke kanji lookup system.
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