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Lene Offersgaard, Claus Povlsen, Lisbeth Kjeldgaard Almsten, Bente Maegaard

The paper focuses on domain specific use of MT with a special focus on SMT in the workflow of a Language Service Provider (LSP). We report on the feedback of post-editors using fluency/adequacy evaluation and the evaluation metric ’Usability’, understood in this context as where users on a three point scale evaluate the sentence from the point of view of the post-editor. The post-editor profile defined by the LSP is based on the experiences of introducing MT in the LSP workflow. The relation between the Translation Edit Rate (TER) scores and “Usability” scores is tested. We find TER a candidate for an automatic metric simulating the post-editors’ usability judgements. LSP tests show 67% saved time in post-editing for the tested domain. Finally, the use of weighted sub-domain phrase tables in a SMT system is shown to improve translation quality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEAMT 2008: 12th annual conference of the European Association for Machine Translation
EditorsJohn Hutchins, Walther v.Hahn
Number of pages10
PublisherHITEC e.V, Vogt-Kölln Strasse 30, Hamburg, Germany
Publication date2008
Pagespp.150-159
ISBN (Print)978-3-00-025770-4
StatePublished - 2008
EventEAMT 2008: 12th annual conference of the European Association for Machine Translation - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 22 Sep 200823 Sep 2008
Conference number: 12

Conference

ConferenceEAMT 2008: 12th annual conference of the European Association for Machine Translation
Nummer12
LandGermany
ByHamburg
Periode22/09/200823/09/2008

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - Machine Translation, Translation, evaluation methods in language technology

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