Computer Science Cracks 18th Century Mystery

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Dr. Kevin Knight, a senior research scientist at the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California, with the collaboration of two Swedish linguistics, has deciphered the e…

Danielle M. Villegas‘s insight:

This is a cool story that I found thanks to @Randy_Matusky. This is the sort of story that combine my two great loves–technology and history! The other thought that occurred to me was that translation is hard enough to do even today–this is the sort of thing that shows it can be done, but perhaps the programming needed still isn’t sophisticated enough yet, even though it’s probably better than ever now. If this program has to do many sweeps of the document before it started to make sense, imagine how long it would take some of today’s translations to be truly accurate! Fascinating article. 

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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who has recently started her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, and BASF North America, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog.
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