Development of a Corpus-Based Web Application to Support Writing Technical Documents in English
Yoshinori Miyazaki, Shizuoka University, Japan ; Shosaku Tanaka, Ritsumeikan University, Japan ; Yukie Koyama, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
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This paper discusses the development of a Web application that supports non-native speakers of English in writing technical academic documents in English. The application presents authentic English sentences from technical corpora on the basis of similarities quantified by the cosine similarity between the vectors generated from keywords and n-gram components of the English input and corpus sentences. Domain-specific multi-word expressions (MWEs) also played an important role in extracting typical technical expressions. This application also comes with the useful function of generalizing structures of long output sentences to show the structure more explicitly. The ranked corpus sentences are highlighted with relevant words/phrases, and results of experiments are also given to show possible usages and some shortcomings of the application.
Miyazaki, Y., Tanaka, S. & Koyama, Y. (2014). Development of a Corpus-Based Web Application to Support Writing Technical Documents in English. In T. Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning (pp. 1371-1380). New Orleans, LA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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