3.446 rule-based systems (27)

Thu, 7 Sep 89 22:16:53 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 446. Thursday, 7 Sep 1989.

Date: Thu, 7 Sep 89 00:02:12 EDT
From: sdm@cs.brown.edu
Subject: Rule-Based Spelling

This doesn't relate to spelling directly, but part of Donald Knuth's
TeX research involved the development of a rule-based system for word
hyphenation. At least one Ph.D. grew out of that work. As for spell
checkers, I suspect that most are somewhat more sophisticated that
simple word lists, i.e., they consist of root words plus valid prefixes
and suffixes.

Just out of curiousity, given the arbitrary nature of English spelling,
what kinds of rules do you intend to use to avoid needing long word

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