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

ACL ID I08-2082
Title A Web-based English Proofing System for English as a Second Language Users
Venue International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2008
Authors

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% pre- cision 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, sug- gesting that a web-based approach should be combined with local linguistic resources to achieve both effectiveness and efficiency.