Project-specific Machine Translation

Report No. ARL-TR-5854
Authors: John J. Morgan
Date/Pages: December 2011; 38 pages
Abstract: This report details a project-specific method for translating a book-length text. The method used a human-in-the-loop strategy to iteratively and incrementally produce a progressively more accurate statistical machine translation system. The system generated rough-draft translations of chunks of text that were post-edited by an expert translator. The method was used to produce a high-quality translation of the Army Field Manual (FM) 7-8 "Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad"from English into the Afghan language Pashto. The results show that through a process of over-fitting, this method leads to systems that are optimized for aiding a single translator.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: December 1, 2011