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Allan Kirsch

Colonial Beach, VA (map)

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About Allan Kirsch

A highly advanced context-based typographical error detection system designed to handle very large business or educational websites containing complex terminology. Books, newsletters, movie scripts, product/service documentation can also be processed. This system has numerous features not found anywhere else on the Internet. Most people look for a content proofing service where they enter the URL for a website and press a button to get a report. An automated single pass system is fine for small simple websites. Large complex websites require a two pass approach. The results from the first pass is used to train this context-based system. This allows the final pass to provide more accurate results and is superior to a one pass system. This substantially reduces the amount of information that must be reviewed to determine what is correct vs. incorrect and is especially useful for reducing false positives.

This is a very mature system and it has already discovered and classified a vast number of U.S. English words It is believed that the dictionaries and knowledge base used by this system are one of the most comprehensive in the world today for U.S. English.

The truth is that if you were to pay for such a very inexpensive service and your website had significant content and SEO issues you would recoup your cost several times over. I have seen very embarrassing and reputation damaging typos on numerous occasions. One political candidate blogged about his "qualifactions" for governor. Another site misspells the word "management" several hundred times seriously impacting its search engine ranking. Another website business owner who works in a particular scientific field misspells it on the website creating a credibility issue and impacts the website's search engine ranking. Another website is littered with foul language in its forum section. Government websites littered with typos are used as educational resources for school children. The list goes on and on. You never know what typo monsters are lurking on your website or in your documentation until you check it.

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Colonial Beach, VA 22443

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  • Massive increase in the number of words and phrases added to the system. Now over ...last names and ... names of people. Big increase for the names of geographical places too.
    Jan 10, 2011 at 12:37 am

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Very large business and educational websites.
Product and service documentation sets.
Documentation containing complex terminology.
Large books and newsletter sets.
Identify what topics are trending in blogs and user forums.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Ensuring content is error free seems to be a very low priority within many organizations in comparison to other technical challenges they may be facing. This is unfortunate because many government websites are used as educational resources for school children and erroneous content can seriously impact your search engine ranking as well as your reputation.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I have the only context-based typographical error detection system capable of scanning huge amounts of content such as a large business or educational website using very robust dictionaries. A context-based system vastly reduces the number of false positive saving you valuable time.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. Create a top notch system not available anywhere else. This system has been built and refined over many years making it very difficult to replicate in a short period of time without a great deal of resources.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. What other features are included in addition to the typographical error check? A grammar check of the articles of speech, double typed word check, foreign language identification, keyword phrase extraction of the content, identification of U.K. style words, typo check of major HTML tags for web pages, and much more.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I've always wanted to find a way for a computer to understand English and be able to eliminate useless information to find the gems that are important. Being able to handle imperfect content is the first step.

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. I just created a content index for 22 newsletter volumes.
My client said: "I don't know how you did this, but you just saved me a ton of work!" It was a comprehension index that included all the keyword topic phrases within the content.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I use the Internet and Wikipedia when researching related topics. There aren't too many resources available because this is unique cutting-edge technology.

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. Technologies rapidly change with new ones popping up all the time. This makes the future very difficult to predict.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. Pricing needs to be discussed due to the large number of document sources and services provided.

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