A Tool that Adjusts to You
By Goni Dubnov
WriteLab is an online tool that lets writers submit their essays and instantly receive intelligent and helpful comments, questions, compliments, and suggestions about how to improve their writing. If this sounds familiar to you, it may be because you have come across tools like Grammarly or Expresso. An important distinction between WriteLab and these other tools is that WriteLab has a unique ability to learn and adapt to the user’s stylistic writing choices, providing users with customized feedback suited to their personal writing needs and preferences.
We at WriteLab understand that each person has a unique writing style – and that, as a result, some suggestions may be right for one person but not for another. This is why we adjust to each user’s preferences and limit our suggestions to those appropriate for that user. Our tool adapts intelligently to help writers learn in the environments best suited for them. WriteLab helps students work through multiple drafts, encouraging them to revise their writing and giving them instant feedback as many times as they need. During this process, WriteLab learns the nuances of an individual writer's style and voice to provide the type of feedback that works best for that writer: this is where WriteLab can play a pivotal role.
For every suggestion offered, WriteLab gives the user the option to accept or reject it. This allows our tool to constantly learn from writers’ choices and customize the feedback to suit their individual styles. What the WriteLab tool is learning is not how a writer responds to the specific type of suggestion, but rather how they respond to certain suggestions within a given sentence context. Every time a user rejects a suggestion for a specific sentence, WriteLab learns that preference and decreases the probability that the same suggestion will appear for similar sentences. Through this mechanism, users who find certain recommendations unhelpful are less likely to find them again is similar contexts, and vice versa.
So how do these ideas come into play in your experience using WriteLab? Suppose that you like to polish your writing from early on and are eager to go through and attend to all the suggestions for possible improvements; then you probably prefer not to view compliments about your writing, which may only slow you down. However, if you’re the kind of person who is still trying to find your writing voice, compliments and positive feedback on your writing improvement can be extremely useful. You may find these kinds of comments on your writing lead to a rewarding and encouraging revision process that allows you to better appreciate your own improvements. No size fits all, and this is precisely why WriteLab acquaints itself with its users and provides a comfortable learning environment for every individual writer.
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