Re: please proofread the description of the (new) zinnia package
LI Daobing wrote:
> please proofread the description of the (new) zinnia package
You left out the short description, but here it is
# * Package name : zinnia
# Version : 0.02
# Upstream Author : Taku Kudo <email@example.com>
# * URL : http://zinnia.sourceforge.net/
# * License : BSD
# Programming Lang: C++ (with Python, Perl, Ruby binding, with swig)
# Description : Online hand recognition system with machine learning
Well, one really minor issue is that "Online" shouldn't be
capitalised there; short descriptions aren't sentences.
But the big problem is, when you say "hand recognition" I'm pretty
sure you mean "handwriting recognition". Even calling it that isn't
unambiguous, since it might mean recognising an individual's
handwriting style (as an authentication mechanism). Assuming that's
not the idea, make it clear in the long description - instead of
repeating the phrase "online hand(writing) recognition", call it a
"dynamic OCR system for hand-written input" (or whatever's
> Zinnia is a simple, customizable and portable online hand recognition
> system based on Support Vector Machines. Zinnia simply receives user pen
> strokes as a sequence of coordinate data and outputs n-best characters
I'm not sure you can have a sequence of data - sequences have to be
composed of plural things, and data is uncountable in English. Just
drop "a sequence of".
Assuming that isn't some esoteric piece of SVM jargon, it should be
"the n best" (or "best matching") characters - like "the ten best",
not like "n-dimensional". Or, arguably, just leave the n out, since
it doesn't add any information.
> sorted by SVM confidence. To keep portability, Zinnia doesn't have any
"Keep" isn't bad, but I'd prefer "maintain", or maybe "ensure"; and
say "has no" instead of "doesn't have any". I can't say why.
> rendering functionality. In addition to recognition, Zinnia provides
> training module that allows us to create any hand-written recognition
> systems with low-cost.
* Provides ^a^ training module.
* Does "us" mean users in general?
* Does "any" mean "nonzero" or "arbitrarily selected"?
* "Handwriting recognition".
* Presumably the low "cost" is in terms of computational resources?
* Which is it that's low-cost - creating the system or running it?
Making a couple of guesses, I'd suggest rewriting it as
Description: online handwriting recognition system with machine learning
This package provides a simple, customizable, and portable dynamic OCR
system for hand-written input, based on Support Vector Machines.
Zinnia simply receives user pen strokes as coordinate data and outputs
the best matching characters sorted by SVM confidence. To maintain
portability, it has no rendering functionality. In addition to
recognition, Zinnia provides a training module capable of creating
highly efficient handwriting recognition models.
JBR with qualifications in linguistics, experience as a Debian
sysadmin, and probably no clue about this particular package