This article originally appeared on Kirti Vashee’s Blog.
There are some kinds of translation applications where MT just makes sense, and it would be foolish to even attempt these kinds of projects without decent MT technology as a foundation. Usually, this is because these applications have some combination of the following factors:
- Very large volume of source content that simply could NOT be translated without MT in any useful time frame
- Rapid turnaround requirement (days, hours or minutes) for the content to have any value to the translation consumers
- A user tolerance for lower quality translations at least in early stages of information review
- To enable information and document triage when dealing with large document collections and help to identify highest priority content from a large mass of undifferentiated content. This process also helps to identify the most important and relevant documents to send to higher quality human translation.
- Translation Cost prohibitions (usually related to volume)