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Gist - approximate translation between languages

Keywords: discover, consider

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Scholars' Stories (scenarios)

  • Services for eClassics
  • Tools for Thinking: ePhilology and Cyberinfrastructure [DRAFT] (local excerpt; full PDF)
  • SN-0033 ePhilology and Memographies
  • SN-0046 Research Methods of an Individual Scholar-2
  • Tibetan Buddhist Literature Scenario - UC-Berkeley

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    Language Weaver

    Statistically-based translation services (commercial)


    Popular, free, often laughably imprecise gisting/translation service currently owned by Yahoo. Uses dictionary-based algorithm.

    Google Translate

    Statistical translation software developed by Google Research




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