Date

6-2011

Degree Name

BA in Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies

Department

Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Program

Advisor(s)

David Gillette and Michael Haungs

Abstract

The Chinese to English Introductory Cover Letter Generator allows Chinese computer users who know little to no English automatically generate a self-introductory cover letter in good English. As an example, professors in English-speaking countries are increasingly receiving emails from students abroad in countries like China, and these students often need to introduce themselves in order to support their reasons for their message. Unfortunately, more often than not these letters contain poorly written English. This software aims to help solve this issue. Using a combination of a “sentence template” system and intelligent natural language processing software, the program assembles each paragraph within the passage sentence by sentence, generating a fairly unique passage each time it is executed. It could be thought of as a variation of the “example based machine translation (EBMT)” concept except that this software generates a passage in English for a specific purpose and is not necessarily just a translation tool. The concept could be expanded to generate any other type of English passage as long as it is one of limited scope.

Executables.zip (2971 kB)
Contains the project's executable files (10 in total). Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems are supported. The Java Runtime Environment is required to run the software.

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