Microsoft Research and Bing are in search of a better spell checker. According to their website, the goal of the Speller Challenge (the “Challenge”) is to build the best speller that proposes the most plausible spelling alternatives for each search query. Spellers are encouraged to take advantage of cloud computing and must be submitted to the Challenge in the form of REST-based Web Services”
Bing and Microsoft Research are enlisting the help of researchers and students from around the world to take part in the Speller Challenge. In a post made at the Bing community page, “We are all familiar with the experience of search engines providing results based on a common misspelling or typo,This technique, called Spelling alteration, is the predominant way for search engines to translate typing errors, alternative spellings, and synonyms with the goal of providing the best results to you on the first try. However, this approach is not perfect. My spelling error could be your perfect query. The Speller Challenge is looking for a better way to determine which results a search engine should provide and how alternatives should be represented.”
The Winner will receive $10,000, while the runner-ups win $8,000, $6,000, $4,000 and $2,000 respectively. The submissions will open on the 17th of January, you can read the rules here.