Various resources and tools are being developed by the scientists at IIT-Kharagpur which in turn will help computer in better understanding the Bengali language which will provide better online experience to the internet users. The tools will help users in reading, texting and finding answers in Bengali.
Prof Sudeshna Sarkar, head of the department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT-KGP said" the institute was currently working with Google to develop a Bengali treebank which is an important resource to understand the grammatical structure of Bengali texts as well as their meaning."
Government cited examples how the final product will work
"If you wish to know about flood related reports in West Bengal that have appeared in various Bengali newspapers over the past 10 years, the computer can prepare a report for you with dates and locations of the events as well as the steps taken by the government," she said.
She further said "Likewise if an end user wants to know what several Bengali authors since the time of Rabindranath Tagore had said about Kolkata in their works, the computer can give the answer."
How these tools will be helpful?
"We are trying to create tools and resources for understanding Bengali by the computer. Such tools will enable a far better online experience for a Bengali language user and give him better access to the information available in Bengali texts," Prof Sarkar said.
The tools when completed will offer word level and sentence level grammatical analysis of the Bengali texts.
"The research will enable better understanding of Bengali language so that the computer can retrieve answers to your questions," she said.
"We had been involved in a project called Sandhan partnering with several institutions to develop a cross-language Indian search engine. Typing a query in Bengali, the system will also let you access relevant documents in other languages such as Hindi and English," the professor added.