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Writing emails in Indian languages made easy

india Updated: Sep 12, 2006 18:08 IST
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Two young technocrats have developed an innovative technology that allows users to send e-mails by typing in Indian languages on computers using artificial intelligence.

Quillpad can browse the web pages or any documents containing Indian language content and learn that particular language's patterns automatically, according to top officials of Tachyon Technologies, which developed it.

"This learning is just one-time and the trained set of patterns can be used by everyone using Quillpad technology", the company said.

The software products company was founded by K S Sreeram and Ram Prakash H, in 2000, fresh out of their BTech in computer science and engineering from IIT Madras.

"Quillpad is an innovative technology that enables predictive transliteration," they said. "Anyone who can write their names on the computers can now type directly in Indian languages (right now in Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam) with Quillpad."

Sreeram and Prakash said the technology uses machine learning (artificial intelligence) techniques to achieve this. "Unlike most of today's transliteration systems, which expect users to type adhering to some rigid rules, Quillpad allows one to type in intuitively and in turn, intelligently performs the corresponding transliteration."

Stressing that Quillpad allows intuitive typing, Prasad said one need not remember any rigid rules and type according to them. It can naturally provide fuzzy transliteration to the desired word even if the user types any of the possible intuitive inputs.

"You do not have to worry about an exact way of typing in to get the word you want to type", he said.

Sreeram said Quillpad works by applying patterns from its learnt knowledge base and not by matching words in any database.

"Thus most of the time, it can predict the correct transliteration of an input even if that particular word did not exist during the training," he said. "Sometimes, a particular input may have two different transliterations. Quillpad can show such available transliterations as options to the user."

The company said Quillpad uses generic machine learning techniques to learn the patterns and, so it can learn to transliterate any language within a couple of hours of training. The language can be Hindi, Arabic or any other, which can use the English alphabet to write in alternatively.

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