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Deep Learning is Coming: Why Machine Translation is Becoming Better

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 .. Read More

Datafication of Translation

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 .. Read More

When butterflies dream of electric sheep

When I attended translation courses, I was assigned to write a commentary on George F. Will’s column Reading, Writing and Rationality on the Newsweek issue ofMarch 17, 1986. Even .. Read More

Getting to Equilibrium: Can We Use Machine Learning to Predict Translation Demand?

In a recent NPR news piece Uber Plans To Kill Surge Pricing, Though Drivers Say It Makes Job Worth It, Jeff Schneider, engineering lead at Uber describes how they are using .. Read More

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 .. Read More

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 .. Read More

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 .. Read More