by Kirti Vashee on eMpTy Pages, a blog about translation technology, localization and collaboration
Recently, I had the opportunity and kind invitation to attend the SYSTRAN community day event where many members of their product development, marketing, and management team gathered with major customers and partners.
The objective was to share information about the continuing evolution of their new Pure Neural MT (PNMT) technology, share detailed PNMT output quality evaluation results, and provide initial customer user experience data with the new technology. Also, naturally such an event creates a more active and intense dialogue between company employees and customers and partners. This, I think has substantial value for a company that seeks to align product offerings with its customer’s actual needs.
Ongoing Enhancements of the PNMT Product Offering
The event made it clear that SYSTRAN is well down the NMT path, possibly years ahead of other MT vendors, and provided a review of the current status of their rapidly evolving PNMT technology.
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We are SYSTRAN. We love languages, lots of languages. We are a human-sized company but we have linguists for almost all of the 140 language pairs we support. That’s a big number, but don’t be misled- some of us are fluent in many languages. Nevertheless, we love languages and we don’t believe in the one-fits-all technology regarding language processing.
The representation of meaning in Neural, Rule-Based and Phrase-Based Machine Translation
In this issue of step-by-step articles, we explain how neural machine translation (NMT) works and compare it with existing technologies: rule-based engines (RBMT) and phrase-based engines (PBMT, the most popular being Statistical Machine Translation – SMT).
The results obtained from Neural Machine Translation are amazing, in particular, the neural network’s paraphrasing. It almost seems as if the neural network really “understands” the sentence to translate. In this first article, we are interested in “meaning,” that which gives an idea of the type of semantic knowledge the neural networks use to translate.
Let us start with a glimpse of how the 3 technologies work, the different steps of each translation process and the resources that each technology uses to translate. Then we will take a look at a few examples and compare what each technology must do to translate them correctly.