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Machine Translation (Neural) – Future Of Language Translator

What Is Machine Translation?

Progress in Machine Translation (MT) has created a wave of popular speculation about the coming end of the translation profession. Like Mark Twain, we want to be separated on those preliminary reports of the death of the industry, although we agree that those progress has opened the proper and productive use of MT. MT can be used as a great tool and when it is best to rely on “human” translators, then there is an insider’s view of the difference. Machine translation systems are such applications or online services that use machine-learning techniques to translate into large amounts of text and in their supported languages. The service translates a “source” text from a language into a different “target” language. Although the concept is relatively simple to use machine translation techniques and interfaces, science and technologies are extremely complex behind it, and especially deep learning (artificial intelligence), large data, linguistics, cloud computing, and web API. Translation of text by a computer that does not have any human involvement. In the 1950s, the Pioneer, Machine Translation can be referred to as automatic translation, automatic or instant translation.


How Machine Translation Works?

Generic MT mostly is referring to platforms such as Google Translate, Bing, Yandex, and Naver. These platforms provide MTs for advertising to millions of people. Companies can buy generic MTs for batch pre-translation and can connect to their system via APIs. Customizable MT refers to MT software that contains a basic component and can be trained to improve vocabulary accuracy in a chosen domain (medical, legal, IP, or company’s own preferred terminology). For example, the WIPO specialist MT engine has translated the patent more accurately than the normalized MT engine, and the solution of eBay can understand and present hundreds of compressions used in electronic commerce. Adaptive MT suggests translators as they type in their CAT-tools, and learn from their inputs continuously in real-time. It is believed that in 2016 by the Lilt and by SDL, the adaptive MT translator is believed to be making significant improvements in productivity and can challenge future translation memory technology. There are more than 100 providers of MT technologies. Some of them are strictly MT developers, other translation firms and IT veterans.

Statistical VS Rule-Based Machine Translation

Statistical machine translation uses a statistical translation model whose parameters come from the analysis of monolingual and bilingual corporation. Creating a statistical translation model is a quick process, but technology relies heavily on the existing multilingual corporation. For a specific domain, at least 2 million words and even more common is necessary for the general language. Theoretically, it is possible to reach quality limits, but most companies do not have such a large amount of existing multilingual corporation to make the necessary translation models. In addition, the statistical machine translation CPU is intensive and requires a comprehensive hardware configuration to run the translation model for the average performance level. Rule-based MT provides good quality of domain and nature is approximate. The dictionary-based customization guarantee guarantees quality and compliance with corporate vocabulary. But there may be a lack of expectation of the flow candidates in the translation results. In terms of investment, the adaptation cycle necessary to reach quality limits can be long and costly. Performance is also high on standard hardware.


Neural Machine Translation

Continuous improvements in translations are important. However, performance improvements have plateaued with SMT technology since mid-2010. Taking advantage of the scale and power of Microsoft’s AI supercomputers, especially the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, Microsoft Translator now provides neural networks (LSTM) based translation that enables a new decade of improved translation quality. These neural network models are available for all spoken languages through a text API using the Microsoft Speech and using the ‘normal’ category id. Neural network translations are fundamentally different from traditional SMT. The following animation shows different phases neural network translations to translate a sentence. Due to this approach, the translation will take in the context of the complete sentence, versus only a few words sliding windows that use SMT technology will produce more fluid and human translated translations. Based on neural-network training, each word represents its unique characteristics within a special language pair (such as English and Chinese) with 500-dimension vector. Depending on the language pairs used for training, the nervous network itself will define what the dimension should be. They can encode simple concepts like gender (feminine, masculine, neutral), humility level (slang, casual, written, formal, etc.), the type of word (verb, noun, etc.), but any other non-obvious Features such as training data are taken from.

Conclusion Of Machine Translation

In the end, the choice between MT and human translation depends on the type of text needed for translation. Through machine translation, the first pass does not understand creative texts (such as any type of marketing material). If the style of the first translated text and the silly expression must be flawless, then it is difficult to first make the case close to MT. Nevertheless, there are some functional texts and materials in some language combinations that can get substantial results by combining machine translation and human post-editing. Your ATA professional will guide you in deciding whether this is in the case of your next project or not. A defined success factor of machine translation applications is their accuracy level. With the advent of NMT, machine translation applications are improving their accuracy level over time. They learn user behaviour, language patterns and nuances that are both language-specific and domain-specific, on which they are trained, which is a continuous process. Pre-translate new segments not leveraged from the translation section. To achieve better quality results all the time, connect and use the industry-specific solutions through an SDL language cloud to a customer or supplier’s trained engine. Select from different machine translation engines. Choose from more than 100 languages and more than 2,500 language pairs tailored to your project. An alternative to comparing the results of rule-based and statistical machine translation engines.

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