My current research interest is in writing assistance that applies natural language processing. To implement research results in the real world, I established Langsmith Inc. with Tatsuki Kuribayashi.
PhD of Information Science, 2023
Master of Information Science, 2020
Bachelor of Engineering, 2018
Academic writing in English can be challenging for non-native English speakers (NNESs). AI-powered rewriting tools can potentially improve NNESs’ writing outcomes at a low cost. However, whether and how NNESs make valid assessments of the revisions provided by these algorithmic recommendations remains unclear. We report a study where NNESs leverage an AI-powered rewriting tool, Langsmith, to polish their drafted academic essays. We examined the participants’ interactions with the tool via user studies and interviews. Our data reveal that most participants used Langsmith in combination with other tools, such as machine translation (MT), and those who used MT had different ways of understanding and evaluating Langsmith’s suggestions than those who did not. Based on these findings, we assert that NNESs’ quality assessment in AI-powered rewriting tools is influenced by the simultaneous use of multiple tools, offering valuable insights into the design of future rewriting tools for NNESs.
Despite the current diversity and inclusion initiatives in the academic community, researchers with a non-native command of English still face significant obstacles when writing papers in English. This paper presents the Langsmith editor, which assists inexperienced, non-native researchers to write English papers, especially in the natural language processing (NLP) field. Our system can suggest fluent, academic-style sentences to writers based on their rough, incomplete phrases or sentences. The system also encourages interaction between human writers and the computerized revision system. The experimental results demonstrated that Langsmith helps non-native English-speaker students write papers in English. The system is available at https://emnlp-demo.editor.langsmith.co.jp/.
The writing process consists of several stages such as drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. Studies on writing assistance, such as grammatical error correction (GEC), have mainly focused on sentence editing and proofreading, where surface-level issues such as typographical errors, spelling errors, or grammatical errors should be corrected. We broaden this focus to include the earlier revising stage, where sentences require adjustment to the information included or major rewriting and propose Sentence-level Revision (SentRev) as a new writing assistance task. Well-performing systems in this task can help inexperienced authors by producing fluent, complete sentences given their rough, incomplete drafts. We build a new freely available crowdsourced evaluation dataset consisting of incomplete sentences authored by non-native writers paired with their final versions extracted from published academic papers for developing and evaluating SentRev models. We also establish baseline performance on SentRev using our newly built evaluation dataset.