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Re: [aspell-devel] Thoughts on using aspell for Indian language checking

From: Gora Mohanty
Subject: Re: [aspell-devel] Thoughts on using aspell for Indian language checking
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2006 15:15:23 +0530

On Fri, 2006-11-17 at 00:18 -0700, Kevin Atkinson wrote:
> On Thu, 16 Nov 2006, Ethan Bradford wrote:
> > The patch was against 0.60.4.
> >
> > I don't really have an opinion on your design questions, except a question
> > of my own: why do you want the extra information?  I wanted to get the
> > scores out so that I could (1) filter on them and (2) combine them with
> > other information (frequency information from another source) to better sort
> > the result list.
> I would like to know that too.

I think that at least the word score and soundslike score should be
available. I am not so sure about the scores after each processing
step. The reason that I wanted them in the first place was that
suggestions for Hindi seemed to get better if I turned off
fine_tune_score(). However, at the moment this needs to be tested
in more quantitative terms.

> I want to be careful about exposing too much of Aspell internals since 
> they are subject to change.

I am in two minds here. I see your point about not arbitrarily opening
up everything. However, I would guess that anyone mucking around with
testing probably wants to get their hands dirty. Would putting access
to aspell internal details in another header file, say aspell_testing.h
be an acceptable alternative? People could then be warned that the
interface to aspell_testing.h was subject to change.

> For example in future versions of Aspell I may add additional scores which 
> way be used, like a frequency score.

I think that a frequency score would be a great idea. We are planning
to work on this, through an external filter, after the immediate issues
are addressed.


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