[TUHS] Lorinda Cherry

Will Senn will.senn at gmail.com
Fri Feb 18 08:09:51 AEST 2022


Thanks for the reading suggestion. I've done a lot of work with n-grams. 
Nice to see a pragmatic treatment of the subject. Too bad I didn't read 
it back in school. BTW, Volume 1 UNIX System Readings and Applications 
(reprint of 1978 BSTJ 57:6 part 2 - the UNIX issue) is available at:


And, volume 2 UNIX System Readings and Applications (1984 BSTJ 63:8 - 
the 2nd UNIX issue) is also available, at:


Much cleaner than the other copies.


On 2/16/22 1:08 PM, Diomidis Spinellis wrote:
> A description of text processing work at Bell Labs, including the use 
> of trigrams for spell checking, readability analysis, and word class 
> assignment was published in the BSTJ.
> L. E. McMahon; L. L. Cherry; R. Morris. Statistical text processing. 
> The Bell System Technical Journal, 57(6):2137-2154, July-Aug. 1978.
> DOI: 10.1002/j.1538-7305.1978.tb02146.x
> You can find it openly available online at:
> https://archive.org/details/bstj57-6-2137/mode/2up
> The article was part of an amazing special issue of BSTJ devoted to 
> Unix.  A second such issue, 63(8) was published on October 1984.  In 
> the late 1980s both issues were also sold as books by Prentice Hall 
> under the title "UNIX System Readings and Applications".  I broke the 
> bank buying them as a student, but didn't regret it.
> Diomidis - https://www.spinellis.gr
> On 16-Feb-22 2:09, George Michaelson wrote:
>> The trigraph spelling checker sounds wonderful.

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