Spelling correctors and sexting do not mix!

17 Apr

im_getting_pr3gnant_tonightassplowingyourdadinmesendmeapictureofyourpensyourclotfisthingwithdad

These are probably real.  It would take too much algorithmic knowledge to fake them.  It’s funny how all the examples that get posted on sites like http://www.damnyouautocorrect.com are sexual and/or embarassing.

This phenomenon even has a name, “the Cupertino effect,”  a legacy from early spell checkers that tried to replace the (unhypenated) word “cooperation” with “Cupertino.”  (or maybe it was a plot by Apple?)

Now spell checkers are context aware.  They use Bayesian algorithms and trillion word databases, as explained in

http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1204/1204.0184.pdf

And of course they can be “trained” e.g. by “add word to dictionary.”   One might be able to learn a lot about some people from their Custom Dictionary files, which aren’t hard to find.

Hmm, I wonder if “Gay Guy Friend” (in the second example above) actually added “assplowing” to his dictionary for convenience. Maybe he just used it a lot.

One Response to “Spelling correctors and sexting do not mix!”

  1. http://www.daishakorthbooks.com May 27, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

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