AI grammar checkers
Updated: February 27, 2019
2019. Google’s AI grammar checker is now live in Google Docs
Google's new machine learning-powered grammar checker is now live in Google Docs for G Suite users. Google uses machine translation techniques to find obvious mistakes as well as more subtle issues and suggest corrections as work is getting done. It’s one thing, after all, to compare words in a dictionary to what you’re writing and mark up mistakes. It’s another to understand complex grammar rules, which can vary by region and style. The company claims that its machine translation technique is able to catch these kinds of issues because they are very hard to encode as a set of hard rules. They worked closely with linguists to decipher the rules for the machine translation model and used this as the foundation of automatic suggestions in your Docs, all powered by AI.
2019. Zoho’s office suite gets virtual assistant
Zoho is launching a major update to its core office suite products: Zoho Writer, Sheet, Show and Notebooks. These tools are getting an infusion of Zoho’s Zia AI assistant. With this, you can now ask questions about data in your spreadsheets, for example, and Zia will create charts and even pivot tables for you. Similarly, Zoho is using Zia in its document editor and presentation tools to provide better grammar and spellchecking tools (and it’ll now offer a readability score and tips for improving your text). In Zoho Notebook, the note-taking application that is also the company’s newest app, Zia can help users create different formats for their note cards based on the content (text, photo, audio, checklist, sketch, etc.).
2018. Grammarly will fix your typos inside Google Docs
Grammarly, the tool for checking your grammar while you type, is teaming up with Google Docs. For now it'll only work if you have Chrome extension installed and are using Google's browser. Grammarly’s corrections and suggestions will appear as red underlines in your text, just as they do in our other products. Hover over each red underline to see the suggestion, and click to accept it. There are an array of spell checkers, but Grammarly hopes to convince customers that its offerings are better than what you’d find with Google or Microsoft. It also has a Chrome extension that enables it to proofread online documents.
2018. Google Docs gets AI grammar checker
Google Docs gets a new AI-based grammar checker, which is now available through Google’s Early Adopter Program. It's powered by what is essentially a machine translation algorithm that can recognize errors and suggest corrections as you type. Google says it can catch anything from wrongly used articles (“an” instead of “a”) to more complicated issues like incorrectly used subordinate clauses. Google’s service will find issues with punctuation or odd word choices, something that tools like Grammarly can check for. It’s interesting that Google is opting for this translation-based approach, though, which once again shows the company’s bets on artificial intelligence and how it plans to bring these techniques to virtually all of its products over time.