[libvoikko] Test cases for libvoikko/HFST needed

Sjur Moshagen sjurnm at mac.com
Mon Jan 18 15:42:37 EET 2010

Den 17. jan. 2010 kl. 19.53 skrev Flammie Pirinen:

> Harri Pitkänen kirjoitti 17.1.2010 kello 19.19:
>> In order to make sure that the work needed for supporting multiple  
>> languages
>> is not priorised too high I would like to have actual dictionaries  
>> available
>> for at least two languages. Finnish is of course already supported,  
>> so just
>> one other language would be enough. What I need is
>> - Morphology licensed fully under a free license. Quality does not  
>> matter
>> much, but it should be actively maintained and either usable or at  
>> least
>> slowly becoming usable.
> I hope that at some point of year I will be able to create tools to  
> compile traditional hunspell and maybe aspell or ispell dictionaries  
> to HFST transducers which could be ideal for testing. Waiting that I  
> think there should be some amount of lexc/twolc/xfst style  
> morphologies available. The sámi languages Francis mentioned are one  
> good resource.

Strongly supported, especially since we can provide comparisons with already released spellers using a closed-source speller engine. Just to be clear: it is only the speller engine that is closed source - all linguistic source code relating to the Sámi analysers are licensed under GPL.

As some of you probably are aware, the company behind the closed-source speller engine went bankrupt last year, so having an open-source alternative is rather important to us. We would be very happy to help out and contribute whatever we can to make the Sámi Morph/HFST/LibVoikko 3 combo a successful one.

Also, under the svn checkout that Francis posted, you will find a number of other languages as well that either has or will soon have support for the HFST tools. The languages cover a number of different language families and typologies as well as various stages of development. That is: if you want to test LibVoikko 3 with a larger number of languages with other typologies and orthographical conventions, there should be a number of possibilities within that checkout :)

Languages which support HFST at present:
* all Sámi languages (6-7 languages today, 3 tested with HFST, one with Cyrillic orthography)
* faroese

More languages will get HFST support throughout the spring.

Best regards,

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