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 Automatically Simplify text or Generate Multi-lingual Multi-document Summaries

Basic English

English is a dominant language on the web and in general for communicating today. In a wide range of areas such as business, legal, entertainment, technical, science and even literature, it acts as the lingua Franca that allows us to interact successfully in today's global economy. Moreover, English contains more words than any other language on the planet and added its millionth word back in June 2009; according to the Global Language Monitor, a Web site that uses a math formula to estimate how often words are created. However, there is a large number of people who speak English as a second language but do not have a sufficiently large vocabulary. Also, there are many English-speakers who need to communicate with non-native English-speakers in simple, clear language. That is where Basic English comes in! If a reader has a basic knowledge of English, or is prepared to go through the 45 steps required to learn Basic English (see the “Learn basic English” tab in the menu), with the help of Simplish any document can be successfully read; regardless of its complexity. Our Basic English dictionary currently contains more than 100,000 words, including names of towns, cities, materials, substances, etc. and we have even simplified 30,000 common scientific words, which are described in footnotes where necessary. So, the total Simplish vocabulary is currently of the order of 130,000 words. Current work is aimed at producing a legal, philosophy and a business Basic English dictionary.


We use a different approach to the error-prone process of translation between languages: we aim Simplish at users who have some knowledge of English and so will be able to read the text after a process of Simplification. When translating from one language to another, particulaly between languages with different linguistic roots, sometimes crucial information is lost. Using Simplish users miss virtually nothing, if the processed text user/recipient has at least a 1,000 words long vocabulary in English. By popular demand, we have recently added access to the Google translation API so that Premium & Platinum subscribers can obtain the Basic English version of text written in any of the major languages.

Simplification for Education

Simplish is also able to improve reading, learning, and teaching by intelligently simplifying difficult English, for faster comprehension. It helps teachers save time and produce engaging lessons using a fixed well-defined reduced vocabulary every student understands, and thereby help improve learning outcomes. This is important because many tools out there for paraphrasing, text-spinning or re-wording use arbitrary ever-changing vocabularies that can prove confusing rather than helpful. If you dislike dictionaries because they're confusing and unhelpful, you will love our clear, easy-to-understand definitions; found in our proprietary Science, Legal and Business dictionaries. A personal dictionary allows you to add words new to the dictionary or that you have already learnt, and no longer need simplified so the system adapts to your vocabulary as time goes by!

Simplification for Artificial Intelligence

Simplification can also be used to enhance the capabilities of Deep Learning and Data Mining systems for instance. Although the Semantic Web has been very successful, there is a lot of material remaining that is completely unstructured, and converting it into a version that uses a reduced vocabulary makes these systems far more reliable and faster. Finally, Simplish is the fundamental tool we use to produce automatic multi-lingual multi-document summaries!


Using our general cognition engine and Simplish, we are able to generate a multi-document summary, based on a representation of knowledge in the form of a sequence of multi-dimensional ideograms, very similar to the ideas behind Chinese symbols, making our system capable of “understanding” language and do summaries in standard English or any major language. The system can leave out any sentences whose meaning is repeated or any irrelevant material present. Moreover, now that the Google translation API has been added, Platinum subscribers can do multilingual multi-document summaries!

Summarizing algorithm

Because important information is often not mentioned many times, standard methods can yield inadequate results. Our algorithm does not look at specific pre-selected words, word frequencies, ontologies, topic maps, word sequences, pattern-matching or any prior training! Our strategy is based on Peirce's ideas on abduction. We take the first document/text as the reference (which can itself be a summary, thus enabling an iterative approach) that is to be expanded by adding knowledge obtained from subsequent documents, we generate a sequence of multi-dimensional ideograms representing each sentence, and only include a sentence coming from other documents in the summary if they lie within this multidimensional path; i.e. if they are relevant. If a sentence coming from any document is close to an existing ideogram, it is ignored on the basis that it represents existing knowledge. The user only needs to give the system two parameters: a threshold defining when two concepts should be considered identical and the level of summarization desired (relevance).

How do we get from

standard to

simplish version?

75,000 standard English words

30,000 scientific & technology words

Explained in footnotes

Simple Basic English version using a basic 1,000 words vocabulary

Summarize and/or Simplify your own files and have your own personal dictionary

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Simple English tools

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Professional Human Translation

Ensure that your text is clear, accurate and easy to understand by using our translation service. Currently, we are able to offer a service from our experienced in-house translators to help bring your texts from French, Italian, German, Spanish or Catalan to Standard or Basic English.

Proof Reading and Text Editing

This is the easiest way to bring your texts into Standard or Basic English, while fixing the issues that arise from machine translation. Your texts will be corrected by native speaker.

Design Editing and Writing

This full service uses your notes and texts to create a well-designed package in Standard or Basic English. Your materials, speeches or papers will be ready for professional use.