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Data Science Lab in Pak makes Urdu-Hindi Dictionary app

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

A Pakistani university has developed a new mobile app which offers a powerful custom search that will help to find the translation of any word in Arabic, Urdu, Hindi or English. 'Urdu-Hindi Dictionary' app was developed by Lahore's University, Mit Techonology Review reported. More than 542 million people on the planet speak either Hindi or Urdu which makes them one of the most common languages spoken. "Due to its popularity, Roman Urdu and Roman Hindi is emerging as a language so the Urdu-Hindi Dictionary has a lot of potential," said Faisal Kamiran, Director of the Data Science Lab. "Our research is mainly about understanding this Roman Urdu text which is used very frequently in SMS, Facebook, Tweets and other forms of social media," Kamiran said. The application can be used to translate from Roman Urdu to English, Roman Hindi to English, and even English to Urdu, Hindi and Arabic. Each category provides with the translated word along with its definition, synonyms and verbs.

The dictionary offers a simple user interface (UI) with more than ten different categories for user convenience such as fruits, vegetables, animals, profession, elements, and tools, the report said. According to the Data Science Lab, there were several challenges involved in making this application. "One complication was that there is no standard for writing in Roman Urdu and quite a few variations of the same word existed," Kamiran. "A person using this application could write the word "kursi" with any slight difference in spelling and the application would still understand what the user is trying to say and give them the translation of the word in their selected language," he said. In order to retain the user's interest, the application offers timed quizzes to test your vocabulary. The application is currently available for download on Google Store. It was relaunched on 11th November, 2016 and has already had 30,000 downloads on Android and 8000 downloads on iOS. ake a translator.

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First Published: Wed, November 30 2016. 21:02 IST