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This is the ideas page for [[Google Summer of Code]], here you can find ideas on interesting projects that would make Apertium more useful for people and improve or expand our functionality. If you have an idea please add it below, if you think you could mentor someone in a particular area, add your name to "Interested mentors" using <nowiki>~~~</nowiki>
 
This is the ideas page for [[Google Summer of Code]], here you can find ideas on interesting projects that would make Apertium more useful for people and improve or expand our functionality. If you have an idea please add it below, if you think you could mentor someone in a particular area, add your name to "Interested mentors" using <nowiki>~~~</nowiki>
   
The page is intended as an overview of the kind of projects we have in mind. If one of them particularly piques your interest, please come and discuss with us on <code>#apertium</code> on <code>irc.freenode.net</code>, mail the [[Contact|mailing list]], or draw attention to yourself in some other way.
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The page is intended as an overview of the kind of projects we have in mind. If one of them particularly piques your interest, please come and discuss with us on <code>#apertium</code> on <code>irc.oftc.net</code>, mail the [[Contact|mailing list]], or draw attention to yourself in some other way.
   
 
Note that, if you have an idea that isn't mentioned here, we would be very interested to hear about it.
 
Note that, if you have an idea that isn't mentioned here, we would be very interested to hear about it.
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Here are some more things you could look at:
 
Here are some more things you could look at:
   
* the [http://bugs.apertium.org/cgi-bin/bugzilla/buglist.cgi?query_format=advanced&short_desc_type=allwordssubstr&short_desc=&long_desc_type=substring&long_desc=&bug_file_loc_type=allwordssubstr&bug_file_loc=&bug_status=UNCONFIRMED&bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_status=REOPENED&emailassigned_to1=1&emailtype1=substring&email1=&emailassigned_to2=1&emailreporter2=1&emailcc2=1&emailtype2=substring&email2=&bugidtype=include&bug_id=&votes=&chfieldfrom=&chfieldto=Now&chfieldvalue=&cmdtype=doit&order=Reuse+same+sort+as+last+time&field0-0-0=noop&type0-0-0=noop&value0-0-0= open bugs] page on Bugzilla
 
* pages in the [[:Category:Development|development category]]
 
* resources that could be converted or expanded in the [[incubator]]. Consider doing or improving a language pair (see [[incubator]] and [[nursery]] for pairs that need work)
 
* Unhammer's [[User:Unhammer/wishlist|wishlist]]
 
 
* [[Top tips for GSOC applications]]
 
* [[Top tips for GSOC applications]]
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* Get in contact with one of our long-serving [[List of Apertium mentors|mentors]] &mdash; they are nice, honest!
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* Pages in the [[:Category:Development|development category]]
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* Resources that could be converted or expanded in the [[incubator]]. Consider doing or improving a language pair (see [[incubator]], [[nursery]] and [[staging]] for pairs that need work)
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* Unhammer's [[User:Unhammer/wishlist|wishlist]]
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If you're a student trying to propose a topic, the recommended way is to request a wiki account and then go to <pre>http://wiki.apertium.org/wiki/User:[[your username]]/GSoC2021Proposal</pre> and click the "create" button near the top of the page. It's also nice to include <code><nowiki>[[Category:GSoC_2021_student_proposals]]</nowiki></code> to help organize submitted proposals.
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== Language Data ==
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Can you read or write a language other than English (and we do mean any language)? If so, you can help with one of these and we can help you figure out the technical parts.
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! Task !! Difficulty !! Description !! Rationale !! Requirements !! Interested<br/>mentor
 
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| '''Adopt a'''<br/>'''language pair''' <small>[[/Adopt a language pair|read more...]]</small> || 4.&nbsp;Entry&nbsp;level || Take on an orphaned language pair, and bring it up to release quality results. What this quality will be will depend on the language pair adopted, and will need to be discussed with the prospective mentor. This will involve writing linguistic data (including morphological rules and transfer rules &mdash; which are specified in a declarative language &mdash; and possibly [[Constraint Grammar]] rules if that is relevant) || Apertium has a few pairs of languages (e.g. sh-mk, en-af, ga-gd, ur-hi, id-ms, etc...) that are orphaned, they don't have active maintainers. A lot of these pairs have a lot of work already put in, just need another few months to get them to release quality. See also [[Incubator]]|| XML, a scripting language (Python, Perl), good knowledge of the language pair adopted. || [[User:Francis Tyers|Francis Tyers]], [[User:Jimregan|Jimregan]], [[User:Kevin Scannell|Kevin&nbsp;Scannell]], [[User:Trondtr|Trondtr]], [[User:Unhammer|Unhammer]]
 
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| '''Discontiguous multiwords''' <small>[[/Discontiguous multiwords|read more...]]</small> || 3.&nbsp;Medium || The task will be to develop, or adapt a module to deal with these kind of contiguous multiword expressions, for example, taking 'liggja ekki fyrir' and reordering it as 'liggja# fyrir ekki'. || In many languages, such as English, Norwegian and Icelandic, there are discontiguous multiwords, e.g. phrasal verbs, that we cannot easily support. For example 'liggja ekki fyrir' in Icelandic should be translated in English as 'to be not clear', but we cannot have 'liggja fyrir' as a traditional multiword because of the extra 'adverb', or it could even be a whole NP. || C++, Knowledge of FSTs || [[User:Francis Tyers|Francis Tyers]], [[User:Jimregan|Jimregan]]
 
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| '''Flag diacritics in lttoolbox''' <small>[[/Flag diacritics in lttoolbox|read more...]]</small><br/>{{c14n}} || 2.&nbsp;Hard || Adapt [[lttoolbox]] to elegantly use flag diacritics. Flag diacritics are a way of avoiding transducer size blow-up by discarding impossible paths at runtime as opposed to compile time. || This will involve designing some changes to our XML dictionary format (see [[lttoolbox]], and implementing the associated changes in the FST compiling processing code. The reason behind this is that many languages have prefix inflection, and we cannot currently deal with this without either making paradigms useless, or overanalysing (e.g. returning analyses where none exist). Flag diacritics (or constraints) would allow us to restrict overanalysis without blowing up the size of our dictionaries. || C++ or Java, XML, Knowledge of FSTs || [[User:Francis Tyers|Francis Tyers]]&nbsp;(not&nbsp;Java), [[User:Jacob Nordfalk|Jacob Nordfalk]]
 
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| '''Improve integration of'''<br/>'''lttoolbox in libvoikko and libhfst''' <small>[[/Improve integration of lttoolbox in libvoikko|read more...]]</small> || 3.&nbsp;Medium || Dictionaries from [[lttoolbox]] can now be used for spellchecking directly with [[libvoikko]] (see [[Spell checking]]). The idea of this project is to improve the integration. Fix bugs, look at ways of codifying "standard"/"sub-standard" forms in our dictionaries. || Spell checkers can be useful, for languages other than English moreso. They are one of the "must have" items of language technology. If we can re-use Apertium data for this purpose it will help both the project (by making creating new language pairs more rewarding) and the language communities (by making more useful software). || XML, C++. || [[User:Francis Tyers|Francis Tyers]]
 
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| '''Complex multiwords''' || 2.&nbsp;Hard || Write a bidirectional module for specifying complex multiword units, for example ''dirección general'' and ''zračna luka''. See ''[[Multiwords]]'' for more information. || Although in the Romance languages it is not a big problem, as soon as you start to get to languages with cases (e.g. Serbo-Croatian, Slovenian, German, etc.) the problem comes that you can't define a multiword of <code>adj nom</code> because the adjective has a lot of inflection. || Java or C++, XML, Knowledge of FSTs || [[User:Jimregan|Jimregan]]
 
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| '''Detect 'hidden' unknown words''' <small>[[/Detect hidden unknown words|read more...]]</small>|| 3.&nbsp;Medium || The part-of-speech tagger of Apertium can be modified to work out the likelihood of each 'tag' in a certain context, this can be used to detect missing entries in the dictionary. || Apertium dictionaries may have incomplete entries, that is, surface forms (lexical units as they appear in running texts) for which the dictionary does not provided all the possible lexical forms (consisting of lemma, part-of-speech and morphological inflection information). As those surface form for which there is at least one lexical form cannot be considered unknown words, it is difficult to know whether all lexical forms for a given surface form have been included in the dictionaries or not. This feature will detect 'possible' missing lexical forms for those surface forms in the dictionaries. || C++ if you plan to modify the part-of-speech tagger; whatever if rewriting it from scratch. || [[User:Fsanchez|Felipe Sánchez-Martínez]]
 
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| '''Geriaoueg<br/>vocabulary assistant''' || 4.&nbsp;Entry&nbsp;level || Extend [[Geriaoueg]] so that it works more reliably with broken HTML and with any given language pair. || [[Geriaoueg]] is a program that provides "popup" vocabulary assistance, something like BBC Vocab or Lingro. Currently it only works with Breton--French, Welsh--English and Spanish--Breton. This task would be to develop it to work with any language in our SVN and fix problems with processing and displaying non-standard HTML. || PHP, C++, XML || [[User:Francis Tyers|Francis Tyers]]
 
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| '''Improvements to the Advanced Web Interface''' || 4.&nbsp;Entry&nbsp;level || Improve the pre and post-editing Apertium translation web environment where the user has a range of tools available in order to modify the text before sending it to Apertium and after getting its translation. || Improve the existing interface on some of the following points: improving the system to extract information from the edition's logs, improving the cross-browser compatibility, increase the modularity of the code, increase the usability of the interface, integrating other useful tools like After The Deadline... || PHP and AJAX || [[User:Villarejo|Villarejo]], [[User:Jimregan|Jimregan]], [[User:Unas|Unas]]
 
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| '''Improvements to target-language tagger training''' <small>[[/Improvements to target-language tagger training|read more...]]</small> || 2.&nbsp;Hard || Modify apertium-tagger-training-tools so that it can deals with n-stage transfer rules when segmenting the input source-language text, and applies a k-best viterbi pruning approach that does not require to compute the a-priori likelihood of every disambiguation path before pruning. || apertium-tagger-training-tools is a program for doing [[target-language tagger training]], meaning it improves POS tagging performance specifically for the translation task, achieving a result for unsupervised training comparable with supervised training. This task would also require switching the default perl-based language model to either IRSTLM or RandLM (or both!). || C++, XML, XSLT || [[User:Fsanchez|Felipe Sánchez-Martínez]]
 
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| '''Accent and diacritic'''<br/>'''restoration''' <small>[[/Automatic diacritic restoration|read more...]]</small> || 3.&nbsp;Medium || Create an optional module to restore diacritics and accents on input text, and integrate it into the Apertium pipeline. || Many languages use diacritics and accents in normal writing, and Apertium is designed to use these, however in some places, especially for example. instant messaging, irc, searching in the web etc. these are often not used or untyped. This causes problems as for the engine, ''traduccion'' is not the same as ''traducción''. || C, C++, XML, familiarity with linguistic issues, knowledge of FSTs preferable || [[User:Kevin Scannell|Kevin&nbsp;Scannell]], [[User:Trondtr|Trondtr]]
 
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| '''VM for the transfer module''' <small>[[/VM for transfer|read more...]]</small> || 3.&nbsp;Medium || VM for the current transfer architecture of Apertium and for the future transfers, pure C++ || Define an instruction set for a virtual machine that processes transfer code, then implement a prototype in Python, then porting to C++. The rationale behind this is that XML tree-walking is quite slow and CPU intensive. In modern (3 or more stage) pairs, transfer takes up most of the CPU. There are other options, like [[Bytecode for transfer]], but we would like something that does not require external libraries and is adapted specifically for Apertium. || Python, C/C++, XML, XSLT, code optimisation, JIT techniques, etc. || [[User:Sortiz|Sortiz]]
 
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| '''Hybrid MT''' || 2.&nbsp;Hard || Building Apertium-[[Marclator]] rule-based/corpus-based hybrids || Both the rule-based machine translation system Apertium and the corpus-based machine translation system [http://www.openmatrex.org/marclator/marclator.html Marclator] do some kind of chunking of the input as well as use a relatively straightforward left-to-right machine translation strategy. This has been explored [http://www.dlsi.ua.es/~fsanchez/pub/pdf/sanchez-martinez09d.pdf before] but there are other ways to organize hybridization which should be explored (the mentor is happy to discuss). Hybridization may make it easier to adapt Apertium to a particular corpus by using chunk pairs derived from it. || Knowledge of Java, C++, and scripting languages, and appreciation for research-like coding projects || [[User:Mlforcada|Mlforcada]], [[User:Jimregan|Jimregan]]
 
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| '''Regular expressions in lt-tmxproc''' || 2.&nbsp;Hard || Adding regex support to lt-tmxproc would maximise the amount of translations we can get from an available TMX. || lt-tmxproc already includes some limited support for making translation units in a TMX file into something of a template, but only for digits. Gintrowicz and Jassem describe an interesting idea, using user-definable regular expressions, to turn items such as dates into templates. lttoolbox already has support for a subset of regular expressions; add a mechanism to allow the user to make use of this, and to include these regular expressions in processing. || C++, Knowledge of FSTs || [[User:Jimregan|Jimregan]]
 
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| '''Quality control framework''' || 3.&nbsp;Medium || Write a unified testing framework for released language pairs in Apertium. The system should be able to track both regressions with respect to previous versions, and quality checks with respect to previous quality evaluations. || We are gradually improving our quality control, with (semi-)automated tests, but these are done on the Wiki on an ad-hoc basis. Having a unified testing framework would allow us to be able to more easily track quality improvements over all language pairs, and more easily deal with regressions. || PHP or Python || [[User:Francis Tyers|Francis Tyers]]
 
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| '''Rule-based finite-state disambiguation'''<br/>{{c14n}} || 2.&nbsp;Hard || Currently Apertium only has a bigram/trigram part-of-speech tagger. The objective of this task would be to implement a disambiguation framework for Apertium that can be expressed as a finite-state transducer. It might be a good idea to express this as constraint rules, in a novel XML-based file format. || For some languages, bigram/trigram POS disambiguation really doesn't work, especially when you want to disambiguate morphology (e.g. number, case) along with part-of-speech. So far we've been using [[constraint grammar]] for some of these languages. But although Constraint Grammar is great and powerful, it is also pretty slow. It would be a good idea to look at LanguageTool, and IceParser to get ideas on how this might be accomplished. || XML, C++ || [[User:Francis Tyers|Francis Tyers]]
 
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| '''Tree-based reordering''' || 2.&nbsp;Hard || Currently we have a problem with very distantly related languages that have long-distance constituent reordering. Some languages have dependency parsers which create graphs of words. || The purpose of this task would be to create a module that comes before or after apertium-transfer which reorders the graph. || XML, C++ || [[User:Francis Tyers|Francis Tyers]]
 
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| '''Dictionary induction from wikis''' || 3.&nbsp;Medium || Extract dictionaries from linguistic wikis || Wiki dictionaries and encyclopedias (e.g. omegawiki, wiktionary, wikipedia, dbpedia) contain information (e.g. bilingual equivalences, morphological features, conjugations) that could be exploited to speed up the development of dictionaries for Apertium. This task aims at automatically building dictionaries by extracting different pieces of information from wiki structures such as interlingual links, infoboxes and/or from dbpedia RDF datasets. || MySQL, mediawiki syntax, perl, maybe C++ or Java; Java, Scala, RDF, and DBpedia to use DBpedia extraction || [[User:Atoral|Atoral]], [[User:Jimregan|Jimregan]] (dbpedia extraction only)
 
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| '''Advanced Wikipedia translation''' <small>[[/Advanced Wikipedia translation|read more...]]</small>|| 3.&nbsp;Medium || We have a tool for handling Wikipedia formatting; however, much of that formatting conveys meaningful information that could be 'translated'. || Infoboxes and other templates could be handled in a manner similarly to DBPedia's [http://mappings.dbpedia.org/index.php/Main_Page mappings] wiki; categories can be inferred via DBPedia; interwiki links can be taken from the source page, but updated to add a link to the source; wiki links can be replaced via DBPedia with links appropriate to the target wiki (or discarded). This would be relatively easy to achieve, if based on the DBPedia extraction framework. || Java/Scala, RDF, Sparql, DBPedia || [[User:Jimregan|Jimregan]]
 
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| '''Inferring transfer rules with active learning''' || 2.&nbsp;Hard || Re-working apertium-transfer-training-tools to get more general rules. The right level of generalisation can be achieved by asking non-expert users to validate examples. || Apertium-transfer-training-tools generates shallow-transfer rules from aligned parallel corpora. The corpus-extracted rules provide a translation quality comparable with the expert-written ones. However, human-written rules are more general and easier to mantain. The purpose of this task is to reduce the number of inferred rules while keeping translation quality. Gaps in the information elicited from the parallel corpus are filled with knowledge from non-expert users to achieve the right degree of generalisation. || C++, general knowledge of GIZA++, XML. || [[User:Vitaka|Víctor M. Sánchez-Cartagena]]
 
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| '''Active learning to choose among paradigms which share superficial forms''' || 2.&nbsp;Hard || Developing an active learning algorithm to choose the most appropriate paradigm (in a monolingual dictionary) for a new word. Previous research work allows us to reduce the problem to a set of paradigms which share superficial forms but not lexical forms. || [http://www.dlsi.ua.es/~vmsanchez/esplaSanchezPerezEamt11.pdf Current research] on the addition of entries to a monolingual dictionary by non-expert users has partially solved the problem of choosing the best paradigm for a new word. However, when different paradigms share all the lexical forms the problem becomes harder. In such case, it is necessary to ask the users to validate sentences in which the word to be added acts as different lexical forms. Such sentences may be extracted from a monolingual corpus. || XML, Java, Web technologies. || [[User:Vitaka|Víctor M. Sánchez-Cartagena]], Miquel Esplà-Gomis
 
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| '''Optimising paradigms''' || 3.&nbsp;Medium || Developing a tool to simplify the paradigms in monolingual dictionaries in order to minimise the redundancy. || The collaborative improvement of dictionaries can cause some degree of redundancy in paradigms (it is frequent to find paradigms generating a very similar set of lexical forms). Although [[apertium-dixtools]] includes an option to remove identical paradigms, this task consists in the implementation of a tool to reduce the redundancy in paradigms by generating all the lexical forms and restructuring the paradigms. || XML, Java. || Miquel Esplà-Gomis
 
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{{IdeaSummary
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| name = Develop a morphological analyser
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| difficulty = easy
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| length = either
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| skills = XML or HFST or lexd
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| description = Write a morphological analyser and generator for a language that does not yet have one
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| rationale = A key part of an Apertium machine translation system is a morphological analyser and generator. The objective of this task is to create an analyser for a language that does not yet have one.
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| mentors = [[User:Francis Tyers|Francis Tyers]], [[User:Firespeaker|Jonathan Washington]], [[User: Sevilay Bayatlı|Sevilay Bayatlı]], Hossep, nlhowell, [[User:Popcorndude]]
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| more = /Morphological analyser
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{{IdeaSummary
* {{c14n}} stands for canonicalisation. These projects are intended to make it easier to develop new language pairs using Apertium without having to resort to non-Apertium modules.
 
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| name = apertium-separable language-pair integration
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| difficulty = Medium
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| length = short
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| skills = XML, a scripting language (Python, Perl), some knowledge of linguistics and/or at least one relevant natural language
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| description = Choose a language you can identify as having a good number of "multiwords" in the lexicon. Modify all language pairs in Apertium to use the [[Apertium-separable]] module to process the multiwords, and clean up the dictionaries accordingly.
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| rationale = Apertium-separable is a newish module to process lexical items with discontinguous dependencies, an area where Apertium has traditionally fallen short. Despite all the module has to offer, many translation pairs still don't use it.
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| mentors = [[User:Firespeaker|Jonathan Washington]], [[User:Popcorndude]]
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| more = /Apertium separable
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{{IdeaSummary
==Further reading==
 
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| name = Bring an unreleased translation pair to releasable quality
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| difficulty = Medium
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| length = long
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| skills = shell scripting
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| description = Take an unstable language pair and improve its quality, focusing on testvoc
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| rationale = Many Apertium language pairs have large dictionaries and have otherwise seen much development, but are not of releasable quality. The point of this project would be bring one translation pair to releasable quality. This would entail obtaining good naïve coverage and a clean [[testvoc]].
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| mentors = [[User:Firespeaker|Jonathan Washington]], [[User:Seviay Bayatlı|Sevilay Bayatlı]]
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| more = /Make a language pair state-of-the-art
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{{IdeaSummary
; Transfer rule learning
 
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| name = Develop a prototype MT system for a strategic language pair
* Sánchez-Martínez, F. and Forcada, M.L. (2009) "[http://www.dlsi.ua.es/~fsanchez/pub/pdf/sanchez-martinez09b.pdf Inferring shallow-transfer machine translation rules from small parallel corpora]" In Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. volume 34, p. 605-635.
 
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| difficulty = Medium
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| length = long
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| skills = XML, some knowledge of linguistics and of one relevant natural language
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| description = Create a translation pair based on two existing language modules, focusing on the dictionary and structural transfer
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| rationale = Choose a strategic set of languages to develop an MT system for, such that you know the target language well and morphological transducers for each language are part of Apertium. Develop an Apertium MT system by focusing on writing a bilingual dictionary and structural transfer rules. Expanding the transducers and disambiguation, and writing lexical selection rules and multiword sequences may also be part of the work. The pair may be an existing prototype, but if it's a heavily developed but unreleased pair, consider applying for "Bring an unreleased translation pair to releasable quality" instead.
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| mentors = [[User:Firespeaker|Jonathan Washington]], [[User:Sevilay Bayatlı| Sevilay Bayatlı]]
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| more = /Adopt a language pair
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{{IdeaSummary
; Target-language driven part-of-speech tagger training
 
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| name = Leverage and integrate language preferences into language pairs
* Sánchez-Martínez, F.; Pérez-Ortiz, J.A. and Forcada, M.L. (2008) "[http://www.springerlink.com/content/m452802q3536044v/fulltext.pdf Using target-language information to train part-of-speech taggers for machine translation]". In Machine Translation, volume 22, numbers 1-2, p. 29-66.
 
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| difficulty = easy
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| length = short
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| skills = XML, some knowledge of linguistics and of one relevant natural language
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| description = Update language pairs with lexical and ortographical variations to leverage the new [[Dialectal_or_standard_variation|preferences]] functionality
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| rationale = Currently, preferences are implemented via language variant, which relies on multiple diictionaries, increasing exponentially compilation time every time a new preference gets introduced.
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| mentors = [[User:Xavivars|Xavi Ivars]]
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| more = /Use preferences in SPA-CAT
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== Data Extraction ==
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A lot of the language data we need to make our analyzers and translators work already exists in other forms and we just need to figure out how to convert it. If you know of another source of data that isn't listed, we'd love to hear about it.
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{{IdeaSummary
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| name = dictionary induction from wikis
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| difficulty = Medium
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| length = either
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| skills = MySQL, mediawiki syntax, perl, maybe C++ or Java; Java, Scala, RDF, and DBpedia to use DBpedia extraction
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| description = Extract dictionaries from linguistic wikis
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| rationale = Wiki dictionaries and encyclopedias (e.g. omegawiki, wiktionary, wikipedia, dbpedia) contain information (e.g. bilingual equivalences, morphological features, conjugations) that could be exploited to speed up the development of dictionaries for Apertium. This task aims at automatically building dictionaries by extracting different pieces of information from wiki structures such as interlingual links, infoboxes and/or from dbpedia RDF datasets.
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| mentors = [[User:Firespeaker|Jonathan Washington]], [[User:Popcorndude]]
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| more = /Dictionary induction from wikis
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{{IdeaSummary
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| name = Dictionary induction from parallel corpora / Revive ReTraTos
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| difficulty = Hard
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| length = either
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| skills = C++, perl, python, xml, scripting, machine learning
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| description = Extract dictionaries from parallel corpora
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| rationale = Given a pair of monolingual modules and a parallel corpus, we should be able to run a program to align tagged sentences and give us the best entries that are missing from bidix. [[ReTraTos]] (from 2008) did this back in 2008, but it's from 2008. We want a program which builds and runs in 2022, and does all the steps for the user.
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| mentors = [[User:Unhammer]], [[User:Popcorndude]]
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| more = /Dictionary induction from parallel corpora
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{{IdeaSummary
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| name = Extract morphological data from FLEx
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| difficulty = hard
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| length = long
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| skills = python, XML parsing
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| description = Write a program to extract data from [https://software.sil.org/fieldworks/ SIL FieldWorks] and convert as much as possible to monodix (and maybe bidix).
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| rationale = There's a lot of potentially useful data in FieldWorks files that might be enough to build a whole monodix for some languages but it's currently really hard to use
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| mentors = [[User:Popcorndude|Popcorndude]], [[User:TommiPirinen|Flammie]]
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| more = /FieldWorks_data_extraction
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== Tooling ==
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These are projects for people who would be comfortable digging through our C++ codebases (you will be doing a lot of that).
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| name = Python API for Apertium
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| difficulty = medium
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| length = either
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| skills = C++, Python
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| description = Update the Python API for Apertium to expose all Apertium modes and test with all major OSes
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| rationale = The current Python API misses out on a lot of functionality, like phonemicisation, segmentation, and transliteration, and doesn't work for some OSes <s>like Debian</s>.
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| mentors = [[User:Francis Tyers|Francis Tyers]]
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| more = /Python API
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{{IdeaSummary
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| name = Robust tokenisation in lttoolbox
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| difficulty = Medium
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| length = long
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| skills = C++, XML, Python
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| description = Improve the longest-match left-to-right tokenisation strategy in [[lttoolbox]] to be fully Unicode compliant.
  +
| rationale = One of the most frustrating things about working with Apertium on texts "in the wild" is the way that the tokenisation works. If a letter is not specified in the alphabet, it is dealt with as whitespace, so e.g. you get unknown words split in two so you can end up with stuff like ^G$ö^k$ı^rmak$ which is terrible for further processing.
  +
| mentors = [[User:Francis Tyers|Francis Tyers]], [[User:TommiPirinen|Flammie]]
  +
| more = /Robust tokenisation
  +
}}
  +
  +
{{IdeaSummary
  +
| name = rule visualization tools
  +
| difficulty = Medium
  +
| length = long
  +
| skills = python? javascript? XML
  +
| description = make tools to help visualize the effect of various rules
  +
| rationale = TODO see https://github.com/Jakespringer/dapertium for an example
  +
| mentors = [[User:Firespeaker|Jonathan Washington]], [[User:Sevilay Bayatlı|Sevilay Bayatlı]], [[User:Popcorndude]]
  +
| more = /Visualization tools
  +
}}
  +
  +
{{IdeaSummary
  +
| name = Extend Weighted transfer rules
  +
| difficulty = Medium
  +
| length = either
  +
| skills = C++, python
  +
| description = The weighted transfer module is already applied to the chunker transfer rules. And the idea here is to extend that module to be applied to interchunk and postchunk transfer rules too.
  +
| rationale = As a resource see https://github.com/aboelhamd/Weighted-transfer-rules-module
  +
| mentors = [[User: Sevilay Bayatlı|Sevilay Bayatlı]]
  +
| more = /Make a module
  +
}}
  +
  +
{{IdeaSummary
  +
| name = Automatic Error-Finder / Backpropagation
  +
| difficulty = Medium
  +
| length = long
  +
| skills = python?
  +
| description = Develop a tool to locate the approximate source of translation errors in the pipeline.
  +
| rationale = Being able to generate a list of probable error sources automatically makes it possible to prioritize issues by frequency, frees up developer time, and is a first step towards automated generation of better rules.
  +
| mentors = [[User:Popcorndude]]
  +
| more = /Backpropagation
  +
}}
  +
  +
{{IdeaSummary
  +
| name = Localization (l10n/i18n) of Apertium tools
  +
| difficulty = Medium
  +
| length = short
  +
| skills = C++
  +
| description = All our command line tools are currently hardcoded as English-only and it would be good if this were otherwise. [https://github.com/apertium/organisation/issues/28#issuecomment-803474833 Coding Challenge]
  +
| rationale = ...
  +
| mentors = [[User:Tino_Didriksen|Tino Didriksen]]
  +
| more = https://github.com/apertium/organisation/issues/28 Github
  +
}}
  +
  +
== Web ==
  +
  +
If you know Python and JavaScript, here's some ideas for improving our [https://apertium.org website]. Some of these should be fairly short and it would be a good idea to talk to the mentors about doing a couple of them together.
  +
  +
{{IdeaSummary
  +
| name = Web API extensions
  +
| difficulty = medium
  +
| length = short
  +
| skills = Python
  +
| description = Update the web API for Apertium to expose all Apertium modes
  +
| rationale = The current Web API misses out on a lot of functionality, like phonemicisation, segmentation, and transliteration
  +
| mentors = [[User:Francis Tyers|Francis Tyers]], [[User:Firespeaker|Jonathan Washington]], [[User:Xavivars|Xavi Ivars]]
  +
| more = /Apertium APY
  +
}}
  +
  +
{{IdeaSummary
  +
| name = Website Improvements: Misc
  +
| difficulty = Medium
  +
| length = short
  +
| skills = html, css, js, python
  +
| description = Improve elements of Apertium's web infrastructure
  +
| rationale = Apertium's website infrastructure [[Apertium-html-tools]] and its supporting API [[APy|Apertium APy]] have numerous open issues. This project would entail choosing a subset of open issues and features that could realistically be completed in the summer. You're encouraged to speak with the Apertium community to see which features and issues are the most pressing.
  +
| mentors = [[User:Firespeaker|Jonathan Washington]], [[User:Xavivars|Xavi Ivars]]
  +
| more = /Website improvements
  +
}}
  +
  +
{{IdeaSummary
  +
| name = Website Improvements: Dictionary Lookup
  +
| difficulty = Medium
  +
| length = short
  +
| skills = html, css, js, python
  +
| description = Finish implementing dictionary lookup mode in Apertium's web infrastructure
  +
| rationale = Apertium's website infrastructure [[Apertium-html-tools]] and its supporting API [[APy|Apertium APy]] have numerous open issues, including half-completed features like dictionary lookup. This project would entail completing the dictionary lookup feature. Some additional features which would be good to work would include automatic reverse lookups (so that a user has a better understanding of the results), grammatical information (such as the gender of nouns or the conjugation paradigms of verbs), and information about MWEs. See [https://github.com/apertium/apertium-html-tools/issues/105 the open issue on GitHub].
  +
| mentors = [[User:Firespeaker|Jonathan Washington]], [[User:Xavivars|Xavi Ivars]], [[User:Popcorndude]]
  +
| more = /Website improvements
  +
}}
  +
  +
{{IdeaSummary
  +
| name = Website Improvements: Spell checking
  +
| difficulty = Medium
  +
| length = short
  +
| skills = html, js, css, python
  +
| description = Add a spell-checking interface to Apertium's web tools
  +
| rationale = [[Apertium-html-tools]] has seen some prototypes for spell-checking interfaces (all in stale PRs and branches on GitHub), but none have ended up being quite ready to integrate into the tools. This project would entail polishing up or recreating an interface, and making sure [[APy]] has a mode that allows access to Apertium voikospell modules. The end result should be a slick, easy-to-use interface for proofing text, with intuitive underlining of text deemed to be misspelled and intuitive presentation and selection of alternatives. [https://github.com/apertium/apertium-html-tools/issues/390 the open issue on GitHub]
  +
| mentors = [[User:Firespeaker|Jonathan Washington]], [[User:Xavivars|Xavi Ivars]]
  +
| more = /Spell checker web interface
  +
}}
  +
  +
{{IdeaSummary
  +
| name = Website Improvements: Suggestions
  +
| difficulty = Medium
  +
| length = short
  +
| skills = html, css, js, python
  +
| description = Finish implementing a suggestions interface for Apertium's web infrastructure
  +
| rationale = Some work has been done to add a "suggestions" interface to Apertium's website infrastructure [[Apertium-html-tools]] and its supporting API [[APy|Apertium APy]], whereby users can suggest corrected translations. This project would entail finishing that feature. There are some related [https://github.com/apertium/apertium-html-tools/issues/55 issues] and [https://github.com/apertium/apertium-html-tools/pull/252 PRs] on GitHub.
  +
| mentors = [[User:Firespeaker|Jonathan Washington]], [[User:Xavivars|Xavi Ivars]]
  +
| more = /Website improvements
  +
}}
  +
  +
{{IdeaSummary
  +
| name = Website Improvements: Orthography conversion interface
  +
| difficulty = Medium
  +
| length = short
  +
| skills = html, js, css, python
  +
| description = Add an orthography conversion interface to Apertium's web tools
  +
| rationale = Several Apertium language modules (like Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Crimean Tatar, and Hñähñu) have orthography conversion modes in their mode definition files. This project would be to expose those modes through [[APy|Apertium APy]] and provide a simple interface in [[Apertium-html-tools]] to use them.
  +
| mentors = [[User:Firespeaker|Jonathan Washington]], [[User:Xavivars|Xavi Ivars]]
  +
| more = /Website improvements
  +
}}
  +
  +
{{IdeaSummary
  +
| name = Add support for NMT to web API
  +
| difficulty = Medium
  +
| length = long
  +
| skills = python, NMT
  +
| description = Add support for a popular NMT engine to Apertium's web API
  +
| rationale = Currently Apertium's web API [[APy|Apertium APy]], supports only Apertium language modules. But the front end could just as easily interface with an API that supports trained NMT models. The point of the project is to add support for one popular NMT package (e.g., translateLocally/Bergamot, OpenNMT or JoeyNMT) to the APy.
  +
| mentors = [[User:Firespeaker|Jonathan Washington]]
  +
| more =
  +
}}
  +
  +
== Integrations ==
  +
  +
In addition to incorporating data from other projects, it would be nice if we could also make our data useful to them.
  +
  +
{{IdeaSummary
  +
| name = OmniLingo and Apertium
  +
| difficulty = medium
  +
| length = either
  +
| skills = JS, Python
  +
| description = OmniLingo is a language learning system for practicing listening comprehension using Apertium data. There is a lot of text processing involved (for example tokenisation) that could be aided by Apertium tools.
  +
| rationale =
  +
| mentors = [[User:Francis Tyers|Francis Tyers]]
  +
| more = /OmniLingo
  +
}}
  +
  +
{{IdeaSummary
  +
| name = Support for Enhanced Dependencies in UD Annotatrix
  +
| difficulty = medium
  +
| length = either
  +
| skills = NodeJS
  +
| description = UD Annotatrix is an annotation interface for Universal Dependencies, but does not yet support all functionality
  +
| rationale =
  +
| mentors = [[User:Francis Tyers|Francis Tyers]]
  +
| more = /Morphological analyser
  +
}}
  +
  +
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  +
This one was done, but could do with more work. Not sure if it's a full gsoc though?
  +
  +
{{IdeaSummary
  +
| name = User-friendly lexical selection training
  +
| difficulty = Medium
  +
| skills = Python, C++, shell scripting
  +
| description = Make it so that training/inference of lexical selection rules is a more user-friendly process
  +
| rationale = Our lexical selection module allows for inferring rules from corpora and word alignments, but the procedure is currently a bit messy, with various scripts involved that require lots of manual tweaking, and many third party tools to be installed. The goal of this task is to make the procedure as user-friendly as possible, so that ideally only a simple config file would be needed, and a driver script would take care of the rest.
  +
| mentors = [[User:Unhammer|Unhammer]], [[User:Mlforcada|Mikel Forcada]]
  +
| more = /User-friendly lexical selection training
  +
}}
  +
-->
   
  +
{{IdeaSummary
; Regular expressions in lt-tmxproc
 
  +
| name = UD and Apertium integration
* Gintrowicz, J. and Jassem, K. (2007) "[http://www.mt-archive.info/IMCSIT-2007-Gintrowicz.pdf Using Regular Expressions in Translation Memories]". In Proceedings of the International Multiconference on Computer Science and Information Technology, p. 87--92.
 
  +
| difficulty = Entry level
  +
| length = short
  +
| skills = python, javascript, HTML, (C++)
  +
| description = Create a range of tools for making Apertium compatible with Universal Dependencies
  +
| rationale = Universal dependencies is a fast growing project aimed at creating a unified annotation scheme for treebanks. This includes both part-of-speech and morphological features. Their annotated corpora could be extremely useful for Apertium for training models for translation. In addition, Apertium's rule-based morphological descriptions could be useful for software that relies on Universal dependencies.
  +
| mentors = [[User:Francis Tyers]], [[User:Firespeaker| Jonathan Washington]], [[User:Popcorndude]]
  +
| more = /UD and Apertium integration
  +
}}
   
 
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[[Category:Development]]

Latest revision as of 14:41, 21 February 2022

This is the ideas page for Google Summer of Code, here you can find ideas on interesting projects that would make Apertium more useful for people and improve or expand our functionality. If you have an idea please add it below, if you think you could mentor someone in a particular area, add your name to "Interested mentors" using ~~~

The page is intended as an overview of the kind of projects we have in mind. If one of them particularly piques your interest, please come and discuss with us on #apertium on irc.oftc.net, mail the mailing list, or draw attention to yourself in some other way.

Note that, if you have an idea that isn't mentioned here, we would be very interested to hear about it.

Here are some more things you could look at:


If you're a student trying to propose a topic, the recommended way is to request a wiki account and then go to

http://wiki.apertium.org/wiki/User:[[your username]]/GSoC2021Proposal

and click the "create" button near the top of the page. It's also nice to include [[Category:GSoC_2021_student_proposals]] to help organize submitted proposals.

Language Data[edit]

Can you read or write a language other than English (and we do mean any language)? If so, you can help with one of these and we can help you figure out the technical parts.


Develop a morphological analyser[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    3. Entry level
  • Length: Long or Short (discuss with the mentors which option is better for you)
  • Required skills:
    XML or HFST or lexd
  • Description:
    Write a morphological analyser and generator for a language that does not yet have one
  • Rationale:
    A key part of an Apertium machine translation system is a morphological analyser and generator. The objective of this task is to create an analyser for a language that does not yet have one.
  • Mentors:
    Francis Tyers, Jonathan Washington, Sevilay Bayatlı, Hossep, nlhowell, User:Popcorndude
  • read more...


apertium-separable language-pair integration[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Short
  • Required skills:
    XML, a scripting language (Python, Perl), some knowledge of linguistics and/or at least one relevant natural language
  • Description:
    Choose a language you can identify as having a good number of "multiwords" in the lexicon. Modify all language pairs in Apertium to use the Apertium-separable module to process the multiwords, and clean up the dictionaries accordingly.
  • Rationale:
    Apertium-separable is a newish module to process lexical items with discontinguous dependencies, an area where Apertium has traditionally fallen short. Despite all the module has to offer, many translation pairs still don't use it.
  • Mentors:
    Jonathan Washington, User:Popcorndude
  • read more...


Bring an unreleased translation pair to releasable quality[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Long
  • Required skills:
    shell scripting
  • Description:
    Take an unstable language pair and improve its quality, focusing on testvoc
  • Rationale:
    Many Apertium language pairs have large dictionaries and have otherwise seen much development, but are not of releasable quality. The point of this project would be bring one translation pair to releasable quality. This would entail obtaining good naïve coverage and a clean testvoc.
  • Mentors:
    Jonathan Washington, Sevilay Bayatlı
  • read more...


Develop a prototype MT system for a strategic language pair[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Long
  • Required skills:
    XML, some knowledge of linguistics and of one relevant natural language
  • Description:
    Create a translation pair based on two existing language modules, focusing on the dictionary and structural transfer
  • Rationale:
    Choose a strategic set of languages to develop an MT system for, such that you know the target language well and morphological transducers for each language are part of Apertium. Develop an Apertium MT system by focusing on writing a bilingual dictionary and structural transfer rules. Expanding the transducers and disambiguation, and writing lexical selection rules and multiword sequences may also be part of the work. The pair may be an existing prototype, but if it's a heavily developed but unreleased pair, consider applying for "Bring an unreleased translation pair to releasable quality" instead.
  • Mentors:
    Jonathan Washington, Sevilay Bayatlı
  • read more...


Leverage and integrate language preferences into language pairs[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    3. Entry level
  • Length: Short
  • Required skills:
    XML, some knowledge of linguistics and of one relevant natural language
  • Description:
    Update language pairs with lexical and ortographical variations to leverage the new preferences functionality
  • Rationale:
    Currently, preferences are implemented via language variant, which relies on multiple diictionaries, increasing exponentially compilation time every time a new preference gets introduced.
  • Mentors:
    Xavi Ivars
  • read more...

Data Extraction[edit]

A lot of the language data we need to make our analyzers and translators work already exists in other forms and we just need to figure out how to convert it. If you know of another source of data that isn't listed, we'd love to hear about it.


dictionary induction from wikis[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Long or Short (discuss with the mentors which option is better for you)
  • Required skills:
    MySQL, mediawiki syntax, perl, maybe C++ or Java; Java, Scala, RDF, and DBpedia to use DBpedia extraction
  • Description:
    Extract dictionaries from linguistic wikis
  • Rationale:
    Wiki dictionaries and encyclopedias (e.g. omegawiki, wiktionary, wikipedia, dbpedia) contain information (e.g. bilingual equivalences, morphological features, conjugations) that could be exploited to speed up the development of dictionaries for Apertium. This task aims at automatically building dictionaries by extracting different pieces of information from wiki structures such as interlingual links, infoboxes and/or from dbpedia RDF datasets.
  • Mentors:
    Jonathan Washington, User:Popcorndude
  • read more...


Dictionary induction from parallel corpora / Revive ReTraTos[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    1. Hard
  • Length: Long or Short (discuss with the mentors which option is better for you)
  • Required skills:
    C++, perl, python, xml, scripting, machine learning
  • Description:
    Extract dictionaries from parallel corpora
  • Rationale:
    Given a pair of monolingual modules and a parallel corpus, we should be able to run a program to align tagged sentences and give us the best entries that are missing from bidix. ReTraTos (from 2008) did this back in 2008, but it's from 2008. We want a program which builds and runs in 2022, and does all the steps for the user.
  • Mentors:
    User:Unhammer, User:Popcorndude
  • read more...


Extract morphological data from FLEx[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    1. Hard
  • Length: Long
  • Required skills:
    python, XML parsing
  • Description:
    Write a program to extract data from SIL FieldWorks and convert as much as possible to monodix (and maybe bidix).
  • Rationale:
    There's a lot of potentially useful data in FieldWorks files that might be enough to build a whole monodix for some languages but it's currently really hard to use
  • Mentors:
    Popcorndude, Flammie
  • read more...

Tooling[edit]

These are projects for people who would be comfortable digging through our C++ codebases (you will be doing a lot of that).


Python API for Apertium[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Long or Short (discuss with the mentors which option is better for you)
  • Required skills:
    C++, Python
  • Description:
    Update the Python API for Apertium to expose all Apertium modes and test with all major OSes
  • Rationale:
    The current Python API misses out on a lot of functionality, like phonemicisation, segmentation, and transliteration, and doesn't work for some OSes like Debian.
  • Mentors:
    Francis Tyers
  • read more...


Robust tokenisation in lttoolbox[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Long
  • Required skills:
    C++, XML, Python
  • Description:
    Improve the longest-match left-to-right tokenisation strategy in lttoolbox to be fully Unicode compliant.
  • Rationale:
    One of the most frustrating things about working with Apertium on texts "in the wild" is the way that the tokenisation works. If a letter is not specified in the alphabet, it is dealt with as whitespace, so e.g. you get unknown words split in two so you can end up with stuff like ^G$ö^k$ı^rmak$ which is terrible for further processing.
  • Mentors:
    Francis Tyers, Flammie
  • read more...


rule visualization tools[edit]


Extend Weighted transfer rules[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Long or Short (discuss with the mentors which option is better for you)
  • Required skills:
    C++, python
  • Description:
    The weighted transfer module is already applied to the chunker transfer rules. And the idea here is to extend that module to be applied to interchunk and postchunk transfer rules too.
  • Rationale:
    As a resource see https://github.com/aboelhamd/Weighted-transfer-rules-module
  • Mentors:
    Sevilay Bayatlı
  • read more...


Automatic Error-Finder / Backpropagation[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Long
  • Required skills:
    python?
  • Description:
    Develop a tool to locate the approximate source of translation errors in the pipeline.
  • Rationale:
    Being able to generate a list of probable error sources automatically makes it possible to prioritize issues by frequency, frees up developer time, and is a first step towards automated generation of better rules.
  • Mentors:
    User:Popcorndude
  • read more...


Localization (l10n/i18n) of Apertium tools[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Short
  • Required skills:
    C++
  • Description:
    All our command line tools are currently hardcoded as English-only and it would be good if this were otherwise. Coding Challenge
  • Rationale:
    ...
  • Mentors:
    Tino Didriksen
  • [Github|read more...]

Web[edit]

If you know Python and JavaScript, here's some ideas for improving our website. Some of these should be fairly short and it would be a good idea to talk to the mentors about doing a couple of them together.


Web API extensions[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Short
  • Required skills:
    Python
  • Description:
    Update the web API for Apertium to expose all Apertium modes
  • Rationale:
    The current Web API misses out on a lot of functionality, like phonemicisation, segmentation, and transliteration
  • Mentors:
    Francis Tyers, Jonathan Washington, Xavi Ivars
  • read more...


Website Improvements: Misc[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Short
  • Required skills:
    html, css, js, python
  • Description:
    Improve elements of Apertium's web infrastructure
  • Rationale:
    Apertium's website infrastructure Apertium-html-tools and its supporting API Apertium APy have numerous open issues. This project would entail choosing a subset of open issues and features that could realistically be completed in the summer. You're encouraged to speak with the Apertium community to see which features and issues are the most pressing.
  • Mentors:
    Jonathan Washington, Xavi Ivars
  • read more...


Website Improvements: Dictionary Lookup[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Short
  • Required skills:
    html, css, js, python
  • Description:
    Finish implementing dictionary lookup mode in Apertium's web infrastructure
  • Rationale:
    Apertium's website infrastructure Apertium-html-tools and its supporting API Apertium APy have numerous open issues, including half-completed features like dictionary lookup. This project would entail completing the dictionary lookup feature. Some additional features which would be good to work would include automatic reverse lookups (so that a user has a better understanding of the results), grammatical information (such as the gender of nouns or the conjugation paradigms of verbs), and information about MWEs. See the open issue on GitHub.
  • Mentors:
    Jonathan Washington, Xavi Ivars, User:Popcorndude
  • read more...


Website Improvements: Spell checking[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Short
  • Required skills:
    html, js, css, python
  • Description:
    Add a spell-checking interface to Apertium's web tools
  • Rationale:
    Apertium-html-tools has seen some prototypes for spell-checking interfaces (all in stale PRs and branches on GitHub), but none have ended up being quite ready to integrate into the tools. This project would entail polishing up or recreating an interface, and making sure APy has a mode that allows access to Apertium voikospell modules. The end result should be a slick, easy-to-use interface for proofing text, with intuitive underlining of text deemed to be misspelled and intuitive presentation and selection of alternatives. the open issue on GitHub
  • Mentors:
    Jonathan Washington, Xavi Ivars
  • read more...


Website Improvements: Suggestions[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Short
  • Required skills:
    html, css, js, python
  • Description:
    Finish implementing a suggestions interface for Apertium's web infrastructure
  • Rationale:
    Some work has been done to add a "suggestions" interface to Apertium's website infrastructure Apertium-html-tools and its supporting API Apertium APy, whereby users can suggest corrected translations. This project would entail finishing that feature. There are some related issues and PRs on GitHub.
  • Mentors:
    Jonathan Washington, Xavi Ivars
  • read more...


Website Improvements: Orthography conversion interface[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Short
  • Required skills:
    html, js, css, python
  • Description:
    Add an orthography conversion interface to Apertium's web tools
  • Rationale:
    Several Apertium language modules (like Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Crimean Tatar, and Hñähñu) have orthography conversion modes in their mode definition files. This project would be to expose those modes through Apertium APy and provide a simple interface in Apertium-html-tools to use them.
  • Mentors:
    Jonathan Washington, Xavi Ivars
  • read more...


Add support for NMT to web API[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Long
  • Required skills:
    python, NMT
  • Description:
    Add support for a popular NMT engine to Apertium's web API
  • Rationale:
    Currently Apertium's web API Apertium APy, supports only Apertium language modules. But the front end could just as easily interface with an API that supports trained NMT models. The point of the project is to add support for one popular NMT package (e.g., translateLocally/Bergamot, OpenNMT or JoeyNMT) to the APy.
  • Mentors:
    Jonathan Washington
  • [[|read more...]]

Integrations[edit]

In addition to incorporating data from other projects, it would be nice if we could also make our data useful to them.


OmniLingo and Apertium[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Long or Short (discuss with the mentors which option is better for you)
  • Required skills:
    JS, Python
  • Description:
    OmniLingo is a language learning system for practicing listening comprehension using Apertium data. There is a lot of text processing involved (for example tokenisation) that could be aided by Apertium tools.
  • Rationale:
  • Mentors:
    Francis Tyers
  • read more...


Support for Enhanced Dependencies in UD Annotatrix[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    2. Medium
  • Length: Long or Short (discuss with the mentors which option is better for you)
  • Required skills:
    NodeJS
  • Description:
    UD Annotatrix is an annotation interface for Universal Dependencies, but does not yet support all functionality
  • Rationale:
  • Mentors:
    Francis Tyers
  • read more...


UD and Apertium integration[edit]

  • Difficulty:
    3. Entry level
  • Length: Short
  • Required skills:
    python, javascript, HTML, (C++)
  • Description:
    Create a range of tools for making Apertium compatible with Universal Dependencies
  • Rationale:
    Universal dependencies is a fast growing project aimed at creating a unified annotation scheme for treebanks. This includes both part-of-speech and morphological features. Their annotated corpora could be extremely useful for Apertium for training models for translation. In addition, Apertium's rule-based morphological descriptions could be useful for software that relies on Universal dependencies.
  • Mentors:
    User:Francis Tyers, Jonathan Washington, User:Popcorndude
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