Confusing automated translators.
pinard at iro.umontreal.ca
Tue Jul 15 16:24:17 CEST 2003
[John J. Lee]
> Alan Kennedy <alanmk at hotmail.com> writes:
> > I'd love to hear of other similar phrases. And somehow I intuit
> > there's people in this ng who know lots of them :-)
> There are so many...
Automated translators which ignore punctuation are pretty fragile, too.
Here is a case where the exact same words are used, besides punctuation.
I read in one of Audouard's books ("De la connerie et des cons", if
I remember correctly), about Montcalm, a French Canadian military of
old times. The history reports that he said:
"Messieurs les Anglais, tirez les premiers!"
but Audouard wrote that he fears the correct writing should have been
"Messieurs! Les Anglais... Tirez les premiers!"
P.S. - I confess I would have more difficulty relating this one to Python.
The word categorisation disambiguation program that I intend to rewrite
in Python, one of these days, would (correctly) yield the same results
for both sentences, so Python-wise for me, this is a non-issue! :-)
François Pinard http://www.iro.umontreal.ca/~pinard
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