Technical Challenges and Design Issues in Bangla Language Processing

Technical Challenges and Design Issues in Bangla Language Processing

M. A. Karim (Old Dominion University, USA), M. Kaykobad (Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh) and M. Murshed (Monash University, Australia)
Release Date: April, 2013|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 425
ISBN13: 9781466639706|ISBN10: 1466639709|EISBN13: 9781466639713|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3970-6


Many take advantage of software and hardware accessibility in the English language. However, for non native speakers, this inevitably becomes a problem; specifically for the complex Bangla language which is not easily integrated into the world of technology.

Technical Challenges and Design Issues in Bangla Language Processing addresses the difficulties as well as the overwhelming benefits associated with creating programs and devices that are accessible to the speakers of the Bangla language. Professionals, students, and researchers interested in expanding the fields of computing, information and knowledge management, and communication technologies in the non-English realm will benefit from this comprehensive collection of research.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Braille Adaptation
  • Character Recognition
  • Fonts and Displays
  • Information Retrieval
  • Machine Translation
  • Parsing and Grammar
  • Sentiment Analysis
  • Speech Processing

Reviews and Testimonials

Bangla, or Bengali, is an Indo-Iranian language spoken by over 250 million people, most them on the eastern flank of South Asia surrounding the Bay of Bengal. Bangla language processing is a computer science discipline that seeks to create a robust digital platform for use by the large majority of the Bangla-speaking population who are not conversant in English or the language of their diaspora host, and so cannot access information and communication technology. Computer scientists and engineers who are working on the project discuss such aspects as machine learning approaches for Bangla statistical machine translation, parsing Bangla grammar using context free grammar, the perception of vowels and dental consonants in Bangla speech processing, and the search and study of lexical richness in the Bengali literary collection of Rabindranath Tagore.

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Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Table of Contents
M. A. Karim, M. Kaykobad, M. Murshed
Chapter 1
Fiona G. E. Ross
Typeface and font design are fundamental to textual communication, and therefore, such communication, whether for use in print or on screen, is... Sample PDF
Digital Typeface Design and Font Development for Twenty-First Century Bangla Language Processing
Chapter 2
Syed Akhter Hossain, Fakhruddin Muhammad Mahbub-ul-Islam, Samiul Azam, Ahamad Imtiaz Khan
Braille, a tactile writing system, is used by visually impaired and partially sighted people for reading and writing in everyday life. Visually... Sample PDF
Bangla Braille Adaptation
Chapter 3
Nawab Yousuf Ali, Shamim H. Ripon
The usage of native language through Internet is highly demanding due to the rapid increase of Internet-based applications in daily life. As... Sample PDF
UNL-Based Bangla Machine Translation Framework
Chapter 4
Maxim Roy
Machine Translation (MT) from Bangla to English has recently become a priority task for the Bangla Natural Language Processing (NLP) community.... Sample PDF
Machine Learning Approaches for Bangla Statistical Machine Translation
Chapter 5
Hasan Sarwar, Mizanur Rahman, Nasreen Akter, Saima Hossain, Sabrina Ahmed, Chowdhury Mofizur Rahman
Feature extraction is an essential step of Optical Character Recognition. Accurate and distinguishable feature plays a significant role to leverage... Sample PDF
Selection of an Optimal Set of Features for Bengali Character Recognition
Chapter 6
Mohammed Nazrul Islam, Mohammad Ataul Karim
Automatic Bangla character recognition has been a great challenge for research and development because of the huge number of characters, change of... Sample PDF
Bangla Character Recognition Using Optical Joint Transform Correlation
Chapter 7
Al-Mahmud, Bishnu Sarker, K. M. Azharul Hasan
Parsing plays a very prominent role in computational linguistics. Parsing a Bangla sentence is a primary need in Bangla language processing. This... Sample PDF
Parsing Bangla Grammar Using Context Free Grammar
Chapter 8
Utpal Garain, Sankar De
A grammar-driven dependency parsing has been attempted for Bangla (Bengali). The free-word order nature of the language makes the development of an... Sample PDF
Dependency Parsing in Bangla
Chapter 9
Mohammed Rokibul Alam Kotwal, Foyzul Hassan, Mohammad Nurul Huda
This chapter presents Bangla (widely known as Bengali) Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) techniques by evaluating the different speech features... Sample PDF
Speech Feature Evaluation for Bangla Automatic Speech Recognition
Chapter 10
Shahina Haque
The chapter provides an overview of the theory of speech production, analysis, and synthesis, and status of Bangla speech processing. As nasality is... Sample PDF
Bangla Speech Analysis, Synthesis, and Vowel Nasality
Chapter 11
Syed Akhter Hossain, M. Lutfar Rahman, Faruk Ahmed, M. Abdus Sobhan
The aim of this chapter is to clearly understand the salient features of Bangla vowels and the sources of acoustic variability in Bangla vowels, and... Sample PDF
Perception of Vowels and Dental Consonants in Bangla Speech Processing
Chapter 12
Debasis Ganguly, Johannes Leveling, Gareth J.F. Jones
This chapter introduces Bengali Information Retrieval (IR) to students by explaining the fundamental concepts of IR such as indexing, retrieval, and... Sample PDF
Bengali (Bangla) Information Retrieval
Chapter 13
Suprabhat Das, Anupam Basu, Pabitra Mitra
Rabindranath Tagore is one of the most prolific authors of Bengali literature. He has added a vast amount of richness in style and language to the... Sample PDF
The Bengali Literary Collection of Rabindranath Tagore: Search and Study of Lexical Richness
Chapter 14
K. M. Azharul Hasan, Sajidul Islam, G. M. Mashrur-E-Elahi, Mohammad Navid Izhar
Sentiment analysis is a very important area of the natural language processing. In general, sentiment classification means the analysis to determine... Sample PDF
Sentiment Recognition from Bangla Text
Chapter 15
Amitava Das, Björn Gambäck
Arguably, the most important difference between machines and humans is that humans have feelings. For several decades researchers have been trying... Sample PDF
যন্ত্র-না (Jantra-Na Not-Machine) Can Only Feel যন্ত্রনা (Jantrana Pain)!
Chapter 16
Dipankar Das, Sivaji Bandyopadhyay
Rapidly growing Web users from multilingual communities focus the attention to improve the multilingual search engines on the basis of sentiment or... Sample PDF
Building Language Resources for Emotion Analysis in Bengali
About the Contributors

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Mohammad Ataul Karim is professor of electrical and computer engineering and vice president for research of Old Dominion University in Virginia, with expertise on computing, electro-optical displays and systems, information processing, and pattern recognition. Professor Karim is an elected fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Optical Society of America (OSA), Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), the Institute of Physics (InstP), the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), and Bangladesh Academy of Sciences. He has authored 18 books, 7 chapters, and over 375 research articles. In addition to being the Editor of Optics & Laser Technology and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Education, he guest-edited to-date 33 journal special issues. Karim received his BS in physics in 1976 from the University of Dacca, Bangladesh, and MS degrees in both physics and electrical engineering, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering all from the University of Alabama respectively in 1978, 1979, and 1981.
Mohammad Kaykobad is professor of computer science and engineering of Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology. He received his M.S. (Honors) in Engineering in 1979 from Odessa Maritime University, in Russia, M.Eng. degree in 1982 from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, and completed PhD in 1986 from the Flinders University of South Australia. Elected a fellow of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, he is known for his leadership role in pushing forward the higher education agenda of Bangladesh, in particular, in science, mathematics and information technology. He has authored 15 books, over 45 refereed journal articles, and over 200 opinion pieces in leading dailies. Recognized as the Outstanding Coach in 2002, he has been leading BUET team to participate in the World Finals of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) ICPC since 1998. He has also played a pioneering role in introducing Bangladeshi school/college students to International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).
Manzur Murshed is an Associate Professor and Head of Gippsland School of Information Technology, Monash University, Australia, with major research interests in the fields of Video Technology, Wireless Communications, Information Theory, Distributed Coding, and Security and Privacy. He received his B.Sc.Eng. (Hons.) degree in computer science and engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1994 and Ph.D. in computer science from the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, in 1999. He has authored over 160 refereed papers and received more than $1 million nationally competitive research funding including three Australian Research Council Discovery Project grants. He has successfully supervised 16 PhD students and five postdoctoral research fellows. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, an Editor of International Journal of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting, and has had served as a Guest Editor of special issues of Journal of Multimedia.