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Basic info[edit]

Full name: Frankie Robertson

Email: $first@$


Phone: +358 46576679

IRC: frankier

About me/blurb (cribbed from GSOC application)[edit]

My interest in Natural Language Processing was initially sparked by my attempts to learn the Finnish language which got me pondering language and language learning in general quite a bit. My long term vision that drives my interest is that I think eventually we can apply some of these tools to improve the experience of language learning. The idea is something along the lines of “if we can make it a model for a computer - we can get the computer to teach it to a human”. I don’t think I’m alone in having this long term vision - for example the VISL project and the Oahpa! Project have worked in this direction (but I think there is a lot more to be done and different potential ways to apply NLP techniques to help language learners).

Since I have experience in software engineering, programming and computer science, NLP feels like a very direct and natural way to engage with linguistics and linguistic issues.

One thing that interests me about rule based approaches in comparison to statistical/ML approaches to machine translation and NLP is that a rule based system can explain itself to a language learner (some statistical/ML approaches can learn rules - such hybrid systems might also be able to explain themselves).

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