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During the TAUS Annual Conference 2016 in October, panelists will discuss "How to deliver high-quality translations for long-tail languages". This blog post is written in preparation for this session and as background for our pre-conference survey (see link below).    CLICK HERE TO FILL IN THE SURVEY   When Nelson Mandela was asked ‘why he spoke the politically charged language Afrikaans with the South African Apartheid government during negotiations’, he answered: “If you talk to a man in the language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Mandela’s words well...
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The last significant breakthrough in the technology of statistical machine translation (SMT) was in 2005. That year, David Chiang published his famous paper on hierarchical translation models that allowed to significantly improve the quality of statistical MT between distant languages. Nowadays we are standing on the verge of an even more exciting moment in MT history: deep learning (DL) is taking MT towards much higher accuracy and finally brings human-like semantics to the translation process. In general terms, DL is a family of machine learning algorithms that use multilayer artificial neural networks to efficiently learn representation of high-level features from noisy...
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Neural Machine Translation (NMT) systems have achieved impressive results in many Machine Translation (MT) tasks in the past couple of years. This is mainly due to the fact that Neural Networks can solve non-linear functions, making NMT perfect for mimicking the linguistic rules followed by the human brain. However, creating machines that can adequately replicate the immensely complicated and nuanced translation styles of a professional translator is still a far cry in the field of translation technology. At KantanLabs, we are researching advanced Hybrid MT systems, which will incorporate the best of both worlds – the tried and tested traditional Statistical...
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Data entered the field of machine translation in the late eighties and early nineties when researchers at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center reported successes with their statistical approach to machine translation. Until that time machine translation worked more or less the same way as human translators with grammars, dictionaries and transfer rules as the main tools. The syntactic and rule-based Machine Translation (MT) engines appealed much more to the imagination of linguistically trained translators, while the new pure data-driven MT engines with probabilistic models turned translation technology more into an alien threat for many translators. Not only because the quality...
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We are one step closer to the TAUS Game Changers Innovation Contest, taking place at the TAUS Annual Conference on October 24 and 25 in Portland, OR. We’ve received many interesting proposals and together with the Program Committee we’ve come to a final selection of twenty to present next month. Ten “invader” innovators and ten “insider” innovators will take the stage for a six minute presentation of their innovative technology or development. “Insiders” are companies that are rooted in the translation industry and usually present an incremental type of innovation where as “invaders” are typically companies that come from outside the...
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