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A Web-based English Proofing System for English as a Second Language Users

Xing Yi, Jianfeng Gao, and William B. Dolan

Abstract

We describe an algorithm that relies on web frequency counts to identify and correct writing errors made by non-native writers of English. Evaluation of the system on a real-world ESL corpus showed very promising performance on the very difficult problem of critiquing English determiner use: 62% precision and 41% recall, with a false flag rate of only 2% (compared to a random-guessing baseline of 5% precision, 7% recall, and more than 80% false flag rate). Performance on collocation errors was less good, suggesting that a web-based approach should be combined with local linguistic resources to achieve both effectiveness and efficiency.

Details

Publication typeProceedings
PublisherInternational Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP)
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