Alignment symmetrization optimization targeting phrase pivot statistical machine translation

Ahmed El Kholy, Nizar Habash

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    Abstract

    An important step in mainstream statistical machine translation (SMT) is combining bidirectional alignments into one alignment model. This process is called symmetrization. Most of the symmetrization heuristics and models are focused on direct translation (source-to-target). In this paper, we present symmetrization heuristic relaxation to improve the quality of phrase-pivot SMT (source-[pivot]-target). We show positive results (1.2 BLEU points) on Hebrew-to-Arabic SMT pivoting on English.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation, EAMT 2014
    PublisherEuropean Association for Machine Translation
    Pages63-70
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9789535537533
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
    Event17th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation, EAMT 2014 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
    Duration: Jun 16 2014Jun 18 2014

    Other

    Other17th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation, EAMT 2014
    CountryCroatia
    CityDubrovnik
    Period6/16/146/18/14

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    Statistical Machine Translation
    Alignment
    Heuristics

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Software

    Cite this

    El Kholy, A., & Habash, N. (2014). Alignment symmetrization optimization targeting phrase pivot statistical machine translation. In Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation, EAMT 2014 (pp. 63-70). European Association for Machine Translation.

    Alignment symmetrization optimization targeting phrase pivot statistical machine translation. / El Kholy, Ahmed; Habash, Nizar.

    Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation, EAMT 2014. European Association for Machine Translation, 2014. p. 63-70.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    El Kholy, A & Habash, N 2014, Alignment symmetrization optimization targeting phrase pivot statistical machine translation. in Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation, EAMT 2014. European Association for Machine Translation, pp. 63-70, 17th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation, EAMT 2014, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 6/16/14.
    El Kholy A, Habash N. Alignment symmetrization optimization targeting phrase pivot statistical machine translation. In Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation, EAMT 2014. European Association for Machine Translation. 2014. p. 63-70
    El Kholy, Ahmed ; Habash, Nizar. / Alignment symmetrization optimization targeting phrase pivot statistical machine translation. Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation, EAMT 2014. European Association for Machine Translation, 2014. pp. 63-70
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