In the process of enhancing the way we write, Grammarly and grammar suggestions from Google Docs have corrected tons of mortifying errors caused by inattention (they’re vs. there) and unquestionably caught mistakes that were associated with more perplexing Grammar rules.
Irrespective of whether we write a formal email, a text, even the seasoned professionals use these editing softwares to spot the errors before they get broadcasted. To genuinely appreciate the technology that makes these editing tools doable, let’s look at these services and the remarkable ways they titivate our writing.
Grammarly: The Leader of the Pack
Since its inception in 2009, the cloud-based software Grammarly has swollen to more than 15 million daily active users and is often cited as one of the best grammar checkers. Users can add an extension to Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Safari, or can download the Grammarly Keyboard for their mobiles, use the Grammarly Desktop App or a plug-in for Microsoft Office so that the algorithm can run grammar and spell check on Word, Outlook, and social media. The software switched from a paid version to a freemium version in 2015.
How does it work?
Similar to the other ML algorithms, Grammarly’s AI system was initially fed an ocean of fine training data to instill the algorithm by demonstrating it examples of what correct grammar looks like. A huge compilation by human researchers labeled and organized to make sure that the AI can understand it—the text corpus—is showed as an illustration of not only the correct uses of spelling, punctuation, and grammar but also the incorrect applications so that the AI could learn the contrast.
The system gets smarter by the feedback that humans give when they overlook suggestions this, in turn, provides the human linguists with the machine inputs to enhance the system.
Investors Spark Capital, General Catalyst, and IVP invested $110 million to the already money-making company to further boost its abilities. Though the company has made great developments in its fields, grammatically precise writing doesn’t essentially mean it is concise or compelling. In spite of having a history of adding new tools to detect plagiarism or vagueness in the text. Now the new infusion of funds will make sure that the company hires more staff and work on its algorithm and editing portion.
It has sufficiently countered the basic method of writing from sentence structure, grammar, and spelling to help with readability and lucidity of text. Now the next barrier is to provide context-based suggestions.
Grammar Suggestions: Google Docs’ AI Grammar Checker
Regardless of Grammarly having unveiled its own extension that is compatible with Google Docs, Google wants to set its foot in the market with its own grammar suggestion product. Google is incorporating machine translations, the very same technology that they use to interpret one language to another.
But instead of language to language translations, it translates the incorrectly written text to grammatically correct text. In case the system detects a grammatical issue, it will highlight in the similar way it highlights the spelling errors. So before hitting publish or send, you have a chance to review the possible grammar errors.
No matter how far the technology reaches or how intriguing developments take place, I don’t foresee any robot or software will ever take place of a human writer in the near future.