The LIG English to French machine translation system for IWSLT 2012
Laurent Besacier | Benjamin Lecouteux | Marwen Azouzi | Ngoc Quang Luong
Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation: Evaluation Campaign
This paper presents the LIG participation to the E-F MT task of IWSLT 2012. The primary system proposed made a large improvement (more than 3 point of BLEU on tst2010 set) compared to our last year participation. Part of this improvment was due to the use of an extraction from the Gigaword corpus. We also propose a preliminary adaptation of the driven decoding concept for machine translation. This method allows an efficient combination of machine translation systems, by rescoring the log-linear model at the N-best list level according to auxiliary systems: the basis technique is essentially guiding the search using one or previous system outputs. The results show that the approach allows a significant improvement in BLEU score using Google translate to guide our own SMT system. We also try to use a confidence measure as an additional log-linear feature but we could not get any improvment with this technique.
Towards a better understanding of statistical post-editing
Marion Potet | Laurent Besacier | Hervé Blanchon | Marwen Azouzi
Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation: Papers
We describe several experiments to better understand the usefulness of statistical post-edition (SPE) to improve phrase-based statistical MT (PBMT) systems raw outputs. Whatever the size of the training corpus, we show that SPE systems trained on general domain data offers no breakthrough to our baseline general domain PBMT system. However, using manually post-edited system outputs to train the SPE led to a slight improvement in the translations quality compared with the use of professional reference translations. We also show that SPE is far more effective for domain adaptation, mainly because it recovers a lot of specific terms unknown to our general PBMT system. Finally, we compare two domain adaptation techniques, post-editing a general domain PBMT system vs building a new domain-adapted PBMT system with two different techniques, and show that the latter outperforms the first one. Yet, when the PBMT is a “black box”, SPE trained with post-edited system outputs remains an interesting option for domain adaptation.