Last weekend the project "Typology - von n-grams Graphdatenbanken und schnellem Tippen" won 2 awards at the federal competition young scientists. With more than 10,000 participants annually, it is the biggest youth science and technology competition in Europe. Our researcher Rene Pickhardt supervised the two 18 year old high school students Till Speicher and Paul Wagner. After processing and storing 80 GB of German Text from 23000 books in a graph data base Till and Paul used techniques from Spreading Activation in order to predict what words cellphone users will type next. In this way they can increase the average typing speed of users. Their technology performs significantly better than langue models which are the standard method to solve this kind of problem.
Out of 457 projects in the field of computer science they received a 4th award and the special aword from the "Gesellschaft fuer informatik" for a project that in particular demonstrates the usefulness of computer science.
More information about the project (web demo, android app, documentation, source code) can be found at typology.de. If you have questions feel free to contact Rene Pickhardt or the project team via firstname.lastname@example.org.