Paronym Generation Algorithms for Malapropism Correction

Paronym Generation Algorithms for Malapropism Correction


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  • LCC Subject Category: Computer and Information Science, Computer-Human Interaction
  • Publisher's keywords: Paronym, Malapropism, NLP
  • Language of fulltext: english
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    Costin-Gabriel Chiru, Ştefan Trăuşan-Matu, Traian Rebedea



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The Web pages have been intensively used lately for automatic or semiautomatic extraction of useful information. Because of the open nature of the Web, the texts that have no spelling errors are very rare exceptions. One of the most wide-spread errors in Internet texts is the malapropism. Thus, malapropism detection and correction algorithms have been investigated. The detection algorithms are based on text cohesion while the correction algorithms use precompiled paronyms dictionaries. Therefore, it is very important to identify efficient algorithms for generating paronyms. In the present paper, we make an overview presentation of the paronyms and of the methods that can be used in order to build a paronyms dictionary. A presentation of the main errors that can lead to malapropism is also provided and the way these errors can be corrected using a paronyms dictionary is suggested.

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