A new subtree-transfer approach to syntax-based reordering for statistical machine translation
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In this paper we address the problem of translating between languages with word order disparity. The idea of augmenting statistical machine translation (SMT) by using a syntax-based reordering step prior to translation, proposed in recent years, has been quite successful in improving translation quality. We present a new technique for extracting syntax-based reordering rules, which are derived through a syntactically augmented alignment of source and target texts. The parallel corpus with reordered source side is then passed to an N-gram-based machine translation system and the obtained results are contrasted with a monotone system performance. In experiments, we show significant improvement for the Chinese-to-English translation task.
CitationKhalilov, M.; Fonollosa, José A. R.; Dras, M. A new subtree-transfer approach to syntax-based reordering for statistical machine translation. A: Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation. "13th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation". Barcelona: 2009.