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The South Yorkshire branch organises regular events for local BCS members, with guest speakers covering a broad range of IT fields and Organisations. Members following the BCS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme are able to accrue points by attending these events. Non-members with an interest in any event are also welcome.
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The event programme runs each year consisting of eight meetings, held on the third Thursday of the month and starting in October.
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The events programme and other branch activities are organised by the South Yorkshire Branch Committee. The committee welcomes new members and anyone interested in joining the committee are encouraged to talk to us at events. Nominations for new committee members are accepted at the branch AGM.
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  Part-of-speech disambiguation using patterns in text

The controlled language ASD-STE100 (www.asd-ste100.org ) is used for safety-critical maintenance documentation. To make text as clear as possible, each approved term in ASD-STE100 usually has only one part of speech. For example, the word 'oil' is permitted as a noun, but it is not permitted as a verb.

Mike shows how sets of patterns in text can be used to identify the part of speech that a term has (noun or verb). For example, in the structure ARTICLE+X+BE, X is a noun. Most text is more complex, and rules can be very complex. Although disambiguation is not always possible, it is sufficiently good to make an effective checker for ASD-STE100.

Although the presentation is primarily about part-of-speech disambiguation, Mike includes an overview of how the patterns are implemented in XML in a customized version of the open-source software LanguageTool (www.languagetool.org).

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