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Translating and the Computer 40, London, UK

Translating and the Computer 40

Machine Translation Markers in Post-Edited Machine Translation Output

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The author has conducted an experiment for two consecutive years with postgraduate university students in which half do an unaided human translation (HT) and the other half post-edit machine translation output (PEMT). Comparison of the texts produced shows – rather unsurprisingly – that post-editors faced with an acceptable solution tend not to edit it, even when often more than 60% of translators tackling the same text prefer an array of other different solutions. As a consequence, certain turns of phrase, expressions and choices of words occur with greater frequency in PEMT than in HT, making it theoretically possible to design tests to tell them apart. To verify this, the author successfully carried out one such test on a small group of professional translators. This implies that PEMT may lack the variety and inventiveness of HT, and consequently may not actually reach the same standard. It is evident that the additional post-editing effort required to eliminate what are effectively MT markers is likely to nullify a great deal, if not all, of the time and cost-saving advantages of PEMT. However, the author argues that failure to eradicate these markers may eventually lead to lexical impoverishment of the target language.

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Translating and the Computer 40, London, UK

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Raw Output Evaluator, a freeware tool for manually assessing raw outputs from different machine translation engines

Raw Output Evaluator

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Raw Output Evaluator is a freeware tool, which runs under Microsoft Windows. It allows quality evaluators to compare and manually assess raw outputs from different machine translation engines. The outputs may be assessed in comparison to each other and to other translations of the same input source text, and in absolute terms using standard industry metrics or ones designed specifically by the evaluators themselves. The errors found may be highlighted using various colours. Thanks to a built-in stopwatch, the same program can also be used as a simple post-editing tool in order to compare the time required to post-edit MT output with how long it takes to produce an unaided human translation of the same input text. The MT outputs may be imported into the tool in a variety of formats, or pasted in from the PC Clipboard. The project files created by the tool may also be exported and re-imported in several file formats. Raw Output Evaluator was developed for use during a postgraduate course module on machine translation and post-editing.

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Translating and the Computer 39, London, UK

Building a CMT engine as part of a postgraduate university course

In 2015, I was asked to design a postgraduate course on machine translation (MT) and post editing. Following a preliminary theoretical part, the module concentrated on the building and practical use of custom machine translation (CMT) engines. This paper looks at how the task was successfully achieved.

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Institute of Translation and Interpreting, London Regional Group, London, UK

IntelliWebSearch: helping you speed up terminology searches

Translators often need to check large numbers of terms on the Internet as efficiently as possible. Without the right tool, this entails repeatedly copying terms, opening your browser, pasting terms into search boxes, setting search parameters, clicking buttons, copying solutions, returning to Wordfast and pasting the terms found. Are you tired already?

IntelliWebSearch semi-automates the terminology search process so your task can be completed more rapidly and effortlessly. This brief presentation will show IntelliWebSearch’s basic features to see how it can be used to speed up and simplify terminology searches.

A cluster of ITI IntelliWebSearcher's at the Transcluster, UCL

ITI IntelliWebSearchers at the Transcluster, UCL

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Institute of Translation and Interpreting, London Regional Group, London, UK

IntelliWebSearch with Michael Farrell

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Translating and the Computer 36, London, UK

Solving Terminology Problems More Quickly with “IntelliWebSearch (Almost) Unlimited”

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Institute of Translation and Interpreting, Conference 2013, Gatwick Airport, UK

How to solve terminology problems more quickly: IntelliWebSearch

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