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Spelling Alteration for Web Search Workshop

July 19, 2011
Bellevue, WA, United States

The Spelling Alteration for Web Search workshop addresses the challenges of web-scale natural language processing with a focus on search query spelling correction. The workshop will provide a forum in which Speller Challenge participants and others can exchange ideas and discuss future research in the field of alteration for web search. The workshop will include the official award ceremony for the prize winners of the Speller Challenge.

Although the workshop is not limited to the Speller Challenge participants, we encourage the on-demand evaluation web application and the referenced testing dataset to be included in the system evaluation of the prospective workshop submissions so that different systems and approaches can be compared on the same benchmark. Furthermore, we encourage the submitted systems be made publicly accessible throughout the workshop to facilitate live demonstrations.






8:30     Breakfast 



Evelyne Viegas—Microsoft Research Jianfeng Gao


Award Presentation

Harry Shum—corporate vice president, Microsoft



Kuansan Wang—Microsoft Research


Break and snacks

10:30  A Data-Driven Approach for Correcting Search Queries Gord Lueck—independent software developer, Canada Jianfeng Gao 
10:50  CloudSpeller: Spelling Correction for Search Queries by Using a Unified Hidden Markov Model with Web-Scale Resources  Yanen Li, Huizhong Duan, and ChengXiang Zhai—UIUC, Illinois, United States
11:10  qSpell: Spelling Correction of Web Search Queries Using Ranking Models and Iterative Correction  Yasser Ganjisaffar, Andrea Zilio, Sara Javanmardi, Inci Cetindil, Manik Sikka, Sandeep Katumalla, Narges Khatib, Chen Li, and Cristina Lopes—University Of California, Irvine, United States
11:30  TiradeAI: An Ensemble of Spellcheckers  Dan Stefanescu, Radu Ion, Tiberiu Boros—Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Romania 


Spelling Generation Based on Edit Distance

Yoh Okuno—Yahoo Corp., Japan
12:00  Lunch
13:00  A REST-Based Online English Spelling Checker "Pythia"  Peter Nalyvayko—Analytical Graphics Inc., United States Kuansan Wang 
13:15  A Principled Approach to Query Spellchecking   Dan Stefanescu, Radu Ion 
13:30   Panel Discussion  Ankur Gupta and Li-wei He—Microsoft
Gord Lueck, Yanen Li, Yasser Ganjisaffar and Dan Stefanescu—Speller Challenge winners 
14:30   Wrap Up 
Contact Us

If you have questions, send an email message to Speller Challenge.