Paper: The Wild Thing

ACL ID P05-3024
Title The Wild Thing
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session System Demonstration
Year 2005

Suppose you are on a mobile device with no keyboard (e.g. , a cell or PDA). How can you enter text quickly? T9? Graffiti? This demo will show how language model- ing can be used to speed up data entry, both in the mobile context, as well as the desk- top. The Wild Thing encourages users to use wildcards (*). A language model finds the k-best expansions. Users quickly figure out when they can get away with wild- cards. General purpose trigram language models are effective for the general case (unrestricted text), but there are important special cases like searching over popular web queries, where more restricted lan- guage models are even more effective. 1 Motivation: Phone App Cell phones and PDAs are everywhere. Users love mobility. What are people doing with their phone? You’d think th...