The Role of Machine Translation in Modeling English as a Second Language (ESL) Writings
Rebecca Hwa (rebecca (point) hwa <at> gmail (point) com)
University of Pittsburgh
Thursday 16 February 2012 at 3:30 PM — Jour (jeudi) inhabituel - Colloque du DIRO
Salle 3195, Pavillon André-Aisenstadt
Much of the English text on the web is written by people whose native language is not English. Many English as a Second Language (ESL) writers, even those with a high level of proficiency, make common grammatical mistakes. In this talk, I will present some of our recent work on modeling ESL writings. I will first talk about characterizing ESL students’ writing revision process with syntax-driven machine translation models. Then, I will focus on modeling similarities in ESL writers’ preposition selection mistakes using a distance metric learning algorithm.
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