Microsoft: Here’s how we fix bad spelling in 100 languages to get you the right search results

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As many as 15% of queries are misspelled and, when they are, search engines can deliver bad answers,


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Microsoft has explained how it is using a variety of technologies and techniques to fix bad spellings that can mean queries addressed to its Bing search engine would otherwise deliver the wrong results. 

The software giant is getting back to basics in its latest push by focussing on spelling errors when people search online. It reckons that 15% of queries are misspelled and, when they are, search engines can deliver bad answers. 

So, Microsoft has figured out that it needs to automatically fix users’ poor spelling in order to improve the experience of Bing

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“Spelling correction is the very first component in the Bing search stack because searching for the correct spelling of what users mean

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