Archive / November, 2012

Machine Translation Tool Wars

Today the debate around machine translation is stuck. It’s stuck on what engine to use, rather than looking at the whole process for optimizing MT. Welcome to the Machine Translation Tool Wars! In this war of words, discussions – sometimes heated and not always evidence-based – contrast today’s two dominant approaches, and the competing software [...]

Helping a Global Bank Keep MT Behind the Firewall

It happens all the time in the corporate world. A foreign language document arrives. Or an email. The first impulse is to run it through an online machine translation portal to find out what it says. The problem is, you may not even know what information it contains. User data? Internal information your company really [...]

13 Differences between SMT and RBMT that You Need to Know

There are different kinds of machine translation: rules-based and statistical. Each system has advantages and disadvantages and will perform better in certain situations (depending, for example, on the language pair, domain and corpus availability for training). Here’s what you need to know as a business decision maker. Machine translation is not a tool. Machine translation [...]

8 Steps to a Successful MT Process

If you were to go by the endless debates about which machine translation engine is better, SMT or RBMT, you might get the impression that machine translation is just a tool. And that to deploy MT, the most important step is choosing the right engine. We’ve seen this a lot. But after delivering tens of [...]