Customizing MT Systems – Remi Zajac (Systran)

November 19, 2002 all-day

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Building a high-quality general purpose Machine Translation system is still out of reach in the present state of knowledge. MT has been used mostly to understand the content of foreign texts. However, when the style and the domain are restricted, MT can provide useful results if the system is tuned to these texts.
This talk will present linguistic, technical as well methodological issues arising in the construction of customized MT systems, and will address the following topics:

tNotions of lexical and linguistic closure
tAssessing customization needs
tCustomization of dictionaries and grammars
tManual vs. automatic approaches
tThe iterative manual customization process
tMT evaluation issues
tAn example of a customization project

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