Microsoft Research and Bing beta testing of Microsoft Web N-gram Services, designed to support research conducted using large data sets, particularly to engage the academic community in the area of data-driven research. At World Wide Web Conference (WWW2010), Web N-gram Services beta will expand to include professors and students at accredited colleges and universities worldwide. “technologies included in Web N-gram Services have been noted for their ability to assist in writing applications specific to search, translation, and speech processing. One of the immediate scenarios made possible is the ability to understand misspelled words and ungrammatical sentences by using the power of the sheer volume of language data, for any natural language that has lots of data published on the web. From a development perspective, this reduces the need for experts to develop grammars for all languages; users who conduct searches or network on the Internet will be enabled to share information in free form with stronger understanding and clarity. This is made possible by using predictions to contextualize the initial words in the query,” notes Microsoft.
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