Solved

Detect language of a string

Posted on 2013-05-20
2
292 Views
Last Modified: 2013-05-20
Hello,

Is it possible to detect the language of a string?

For example:

"Hello" -> English
"über" -> German
"¿a¿¿µ¿¿a" -> Greek

I understand that words written in English but in another language cannot be filtered (e.g. "Guten Tag") however I am asking only for those that have characters specific to each language like the examples above.

Thank you very much!
0
Comment
Question by:infodigger
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
2 Comments
 
LVL 10

Assisted Solution

by:ienaxxx
ienaxxx earned 250 total points
ID: 39180973
AFAIK there should be something in the google translate API.
Not sure if you was searching for something like this...
HTH
0
 
LVL 110

Accepted Solution

by:
Ray Paseur earned 250 total points
ID: 39181018
Each language has a "signature" that can be detected from its vocabulary, however it's not 100% accurate and the risk of error goes way up on smaller strings because the orthography evident in short strings is rarely unique.  The Google API occasionally suggests that my computer code is written in Dutch, etc.  I think letter-only detection from a single word would be nearly useless except for a very few languages.  For example, the U-Umlaut (Diaresis) may appear in Hungarian, Karelian, Turkish, Uyghur Latin script, Estonian, Azeri, Turkmen, Crimean Tatar and Tatar Latin alphabets, as well as in German.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_identification
0

Featured Post

Why Off-Site Backups Are The Only Way To Go

You are probably backing up your data—but how and where? Ransomware is on the rise and there are variants that specifically target backups. Read on to discover why off-site is the way to go.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

I imagine that there are some, like me, who require a way of getting currency exchange rates for implementation in web project from time to time, so I thought I would share a solution that I have developed for this purpose. It turns out that Yaho…
Password hashing is better than message digests or encryption, and you should be using it instead of message digests or encryption.  Find out why and how in this article, which supplements the original article on PHP Client Registration, Login, Logo…
The viewer will learn how to count occurrences of each item in an array.
The viewer will learn how to look for a specific file type in a local or remote server directory using PHP.

707 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question