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University introduces Tamil online dictionary

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www.agaraadhi.com presents 20 features, social net sharing


The computing labs in Anna University have come up with a host of other online products

Lab has also a fully functional concept based search engine, CoRee


Chennai: A Tamil online dictionary with meanings of words and usages in Thirukkural, Bharathiyar's songs and Avvaiyar's poems along with synonyms, was introduced at Anna University, Chennai, on Friday.

Anna University's Department of Computer Science professor T.V. Geetha told reporters that the Tamil Computing Lab (TaCoLa) has produced an online Tamil dictionary, www.agaraadhi.com, presenting 20 features, including word suggestions, word popularity, picture dictionary and social net sharing.

Madhan Karky, an assistant professor, said the online dictionary has 2.5 lakh words at present. “We are adding 10,000 words every month. Last month, computer science dictionary was included. Now, we are adding medical dictionary. Finally, the online dictionary will have about 7 lakh words,” he said.

The website is currently optimised for the Firefox browser, Mr. Karky said.

It has a social networking analysis tool for Tamil which will track usage of the words on Twitter and blogging sites.

Games to follow soon

An unscramble game and the popular hangman game would soon be offered in Tamil. Another interesting feature is the users can type 15 digit numbers and convert them into words in English and Tamil.

The computing labs in Anna University have come up with a host of online products, including a search engine and dictionary, to further the use of Tamil on the internet, said P. Mannar Jawahar, Vice-Chancellor, Anna University, Chennai.

The lab has also a fully functional concept based search engine, CoRee, developed for an Indian language.

The search engine tries to understand Tamil web documents rather than just remembering the keywords like the traditional search engines, Ms. Geetha said.

Gurukulam

Gurukulam, a product offers flash based tutorials to learn Tamil, Geography and Chemistry has also been developed.

The AU-KBC Centre in MIT campus has come up with a comprehensive Tamil portal for news, entertainment, sports, literature and language tools at www.searchko.in.

Special features of the portal include the use of a virtual phonetic key board for easy input of Tamil text, focus crawler for Tamil pages, indexer to index the crawled pages and a spell checker, said L. Sobha, scientist at the centre.

K.B. Chandrasekhar, who provided Rs.9 crore for setting up the AU-KBC Centre, said the labs were instituted to conduct research into new technologies which will bridge the digital divide.

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