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Anna Samiotou

Anna is the Product Manager of the TAUS Data Cloud and manages all translation data issues in LT industrial/R&D projects. Active in the field of translation and language technology since 1993, she holds degrees in Mathematics and Translation Technologies. She is a passionate polyglot, fascinated by multi-lingual-cultural communication, events and travels.

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Anna Samiotou Tuesday, 17 October 2017 in Data Cloud

Best Practices for TAUS Data Cloud

The availability of language and translation data sets in highly-demanded and business-oriented language pairs as well as in smaller and usually less-resourced languages, be it general or domain/origin-specific data, is crucial for the language and localization industry. The state-of-the-art translation technology is data-driven and learns from the data.

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Anna Samiotou Tuesday, 04 October 2016 in The Quantum Leap

Neural Machine Translation: the New Kid on the Block

Nowadays, in one way or another, machine translation (MT) is part of our everyday lives. Most likely Google made that happen, about a decade ago, by launching Google Translate, a free instant online general-purpose translator allowing users to translate any text (words, phrases, documents, web pages) in different language directions.

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Anna Samiotou Tuesday, 15 March 2016 in Datafication of Translation

BabelNets contribution to the fall of Babel Tower

I recently had the luck to participate in the BabelNet Workshop that was organized by the European Commission, the Publication Office and the European Parliament, in Luxembourg on the 2nd and 3rd of March.

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Anna Samiotou Wednesday, 02 September 2015 in Datafication of Translation

Is the pivot language approach ever a good option? - Part II

In part I, we defined the pivot language approach, discussed briefly its major drawbacks, referred to factors regarding the selection of the pivot language and explored two areas where pivoting can be deployed i.e. the relay interpretation (oral) and the human translation (written), including translations from audio recordings with or without script. In part II of this blog article, we will discuss more areas where pivot languages can be deployed, namely in building and enhancing bilingual lexicons, translation memories, machine translation systems and machine transliteration systems.

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Anna Samiotou Tuesday, 25 August 2015 in Datafication of Translation

Is the pivot language approach ever a good option? - Part I

A pivot language is a third or intermediate language that can bridge the gap between language pairs. For example, if there are translations between English to French and the same English to Spanish available, through the pivot language English, translations between French and Spanish can be generated.

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