We all love to laugh or cringe at the funny snapshots of texting typos or autocorrect mistakes, but it’s possible we may see relatively less of them soon.
Nuance, the company responsible for the T9 predictive text and the predictive typing software used in many smartphones, is developing a software that can auto-correct grammar. The software called ‘future context’ looks at the entire sentence or fragment, underlines any possible grammatical error it detects, and suggests a correction.
Currently, smartphones use a programming language model called Ngram that uses an algorithm to figure out strings of words. The model looks at a dictionary of words and uses a complex algorithm to try to guess the word that you’re typing next. However, it doesn’t work as well for context-based items like its and it’s.
Nuance is working on making the Ngram model work for context-based usage of words and make the software look at the entire sentence or fragment and not just focus on the next possible word.
There’s no news of when the new software will be ready but it may just be the answer to all those ‘they’re vs their’ or ‘it’s vs its’ errors.