3.449 rule-based spelling, cont. (25)

Fri, 8 Sep 89 23:16:45 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 449. Friday, 8 Sep 1989.

Date: Fri, 8 Sep 89 11:29 EDT
From: Peter D. Junger <JUNGER@CWRU>
Subject: Rule-Based Spelling

I assume that most modern spelling checkers use, at least in part,
some variant on the Soundex algorithm. Being an algorithm it is rule based,
but the rules would seem to be anything but the sort of rules that appear
in an Expert System. On the other hand, I would also suspect that good
spelling checkers use sophisticated pattern matching techniques, like those
in Prolog, and there are some who think that those techniques do belong to
the field of artificial intelligence. [sorry, I'm typing in a naturally
stupid mailer and my hand slipped.]
It seems to me that the real challenge is to create a program that
can check the spelling of a word in its semantic context.
Peter Junger--CWRU Law School--Cleveland, OH--JUNGER@CWRU--JUNGER@CWRU.CWRU.EDU