QCMUQ@QALB-2015 Shared Task: Combining Character level MT and Error-tolerant Finite-State Recognition for Arabic Spelling Correction
journal contributionposted on 26.07.2015, 00:00 by Houda BouamorHouda Bouamor, Hassan Sajjad, Nadir Durrani, Kemal OflazerKemal Oflazer
We describe the CMU-Q and QCRI’s joint efforts in building a spelling correction system for Arabic in the QALB 2015 Shared Task. Our system is based on a hybrid pipeline that combines rule-based linguistic techniques with statistical methods using language modeling and machine translation, as well as an error-tolerant finite-state automata method. We trained and tested our spelling corrector using the dataset provided by the shared task organizers. Our system outperforms the baseline system and yields better correction quality with an F-score of 68.12 on L1- test-2015 test set and 38.90 on the L2-test2015. This ranks us 2nd in the L2 subtask and 5th in the L1 subtask.