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

Le 16 février 2012 à 15 h 30 — 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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