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RIT Researchers Create Easy-to-Use Math-Aware Search Interface

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MathDeck aims to make math notation interactive and easily shareable.

Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology created a math-aware search interface that makes sophisticated mathematics more user-friendly on the computer.

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Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) researchers have developed MathDeck, an online search interface that allows anyone to easily create, edit, or look up complex mathematical formulas.

MathDeck users can enter and edit formulas in multiple ways using the scientific markup language LaTeX, including handwriting, uploading a typeset formula image, and text input.

The math-aware interface can identify formula images and hand-drawn symbols via image processing and machine learning.

MathDeck also features an auto-complete function for formulas and keywords; users looking for a popular symbol or formula will likely find an entity card displaying the formula, the name of its associated concept, and a brief description.

MathDeck is a component of the multi-institutional MathSeer project, which RIT's Richard Zanibbi said aims "to produce new technologies to provide 'math search for the masses.'"

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