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The corpus, its users and their needs: a user-oriented evaluation of COMPARA

Santos, D and Frankenberg-Garcia, (2007) The corpus, its users and their needs: a user-oriented evaluation of COMPARA International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 12 (3). pp. 335-374.

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Abstract

COMPARA is a bidirectional parallel corpus of English and Portuguese, currently with 3 million words. The corpus was launched in 2000 and at present it is possibly the largest edited parallel corpus publicly available on the Web, with roughly 6,000 corpus queries per month. This paper summarizes an analysis of six years of corpus use. We begin by looking at user studies for language resources, especially corpora, and then we provide a snapshot of COMPARA's users and their behaviour based on log analysis. Particular emphasis is given to the language interface preferred by users (Portuguese and English are possible), the choice between the Simple and Complex Search modes, the reasons underlying null-results and behaviour after restricted output. The data has pointed us to cases where COMPARA's Web interface can be improved, and provided insights about our users and the problems they face, although further studies that distinguish between different kinds of users remain necessary.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages > Languages and Translation
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AuthorsEmailORCID
Santos, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Frankenberg-Garcia, UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : January 2007
Identification Number : 10.1075/ijcl.12.3.03san
Additional Information : Copyright 2007 John Benjamins Publishing Company. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 Oct 2014 18:01
Last Modified : 04 Aug 2016 14:28
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/806261

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