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Title: Using N-grams to identify mathematical topics in MXit lingo
Authors: Butgereit, LL
Botha, RA
Keywords: MXit lingo
MXit spelling
Dr Math
Issue Date: Sep-2011
Publisher: ACM
Citation: Butgereit, LL and Botha, RA. Using N-grams to identify mathematical topics in MXit lingo. Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT 2011), Cape Town, South Africa, 3-5 October 2011, pp 40-48
Series/Report no.: Workflow;7410
Abstract: N-grams are used to quantify the similarity between two documents or the similarity between two collections of words. This paper shows how N-grams of length 3 and 4 both coupled with text processing (including stop word removal and stemming according to MXit spelling conventions) can be used to categorize very short mathematical conversations conducted in MXit lingo into broad mathematical groups such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. MXit lingo is an abbreviated form of written English which children, teenagers and young adults utilise when communicating using the popular MXit chat mechanism over cell phones. Conversations from the "Dr Math" project were used for this analysis. "Dr Math" is a mathematical tutoring service which links primary and secondary school pupils to tutors from local universities. The tutors assist the pupils with their mathematics homework.
Description: Copyright: 2011 ACM. This is an ABSTRACT ONLY.
URI: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2072221.2072227&coll=DL&dl=ACM&CFID=76903344&CFTOKEN=61329174
ISBN: 978-1-4503-0878-6
Appears in Collections:ICT in education, youth, gender
General science, engineering & technology

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