I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success.

Nikola Tesla, quoted by Cleveland Moffitt, "A Talk With Tesla," Atlanta Constitution (7 Jun 1896)


Using the PHOIBLE dataset, I compared the phonemes in 75 of the most commonly spoken languages to identify which ones would cause difficulty for foreign language learners. I assumed the common predictions of several models of speech learning (SLM, PAM, NLM) that the perceived similarity of phonemes causes the listener to confuse them. However, I replaced the notion of "perceived" similarity with a fuzzy Jaccard index. Coming soon


Backword is a reverse dictionary that allows users to look up words by their properties (syllables, character length, sound, meaning, etc). The goal of this project is to resolve the "tip-of-the-tongue" experience especially in those with learning disorders, although it could also be used as a more constructive lexical resource for language learning than the traditional dictionary. Coming soon