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Using natural language processing to assist the visually handicapped in writing compositions

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Using natural language processing to assist the visually handicapped in writing compositions

Chelin, Jacques (2006) Using natural language processing to assist the visually handicapped in writing compositions. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Over the last decades, the visually handicapped have consistently progressed in their efforts towards inclusion in the mainstream. Integration in education and professional life in particular has become possible due to computers without which it would not have been possible to the same degree. In the wake of this integration, more and more blind students are attempting CEGEP and University studies. This situation has created new problems and new needs. One of them is the need to study text and electronic documents in depth and in a reasonable time. Blind students cannot flip through the pages of a book, skim through the text or use a highlighter. Natural Language Processing (NLP) is about understanding and processing language as used by humans and includes a subdomain called Information Retrieval. In this thesis, we will describe this problem in detail and review how it has been addressed so far in the industry. We will then propose a solution in the form of an experimental prototype and show how some existing NLP techniques can profitably assist blind students in meeting their academic objectives. This thesis is a technology application and engineering of a practically usable software product

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science > Computer Science and Software Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Chelin, Jacques
Pagination:x, 98 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Comp. Sc.
Program:Computer Science and Software Engineering
Date:2006
Thesis Supervisor(s):Radhakrishnan, Thiruvengadam and Kosseim, Leila
ID Code:9065
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:43
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:43
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