Google's new AI Grammar Verifier now available in Google Docs – TechCrunch


Google announced today that its new grammar checker based on machine learning is now available in Google Docs. The company has for the first time introduced this new feature to Cloud Next 2018, but advance access has not stopped since.

Grammar checkers are not new, of course, and even Docs has long been one. The novelty here is that Google uses machine translation techniques to find obvious errors (see title) as well as more subtle problems. It's one thing, after all, to compare words in a dictionary with what you write and mark mistakes. This is another way of understanding complex grammar rules, which may vary by region and style. The company claims that its machine translation technique is able to solve such problems because they are very difficult to code as a set of strict rules.

"Thanks to machine translation, we are able to recognize errors and suggest corrections as work continues," said Vishnu Sivaji, product manager at G Suite, in his announcement. "We worked closely with linguists to decipher the rules of the machine translation model and we used that to create automatic suggestions in your documents, all based on AI."

What Google is essentially doing here is forming a template with correct sentences, and then using the same type of templates as those used to translate English to French sentences to translate incorrect sentences into correct sentences.


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