Accession Number:

ADA461156

Title:

Statistical Phrase-Based Translation

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MARINA DEL REY INFORMATION SCIENCES INST

Report Date:

2003-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

We propose a new phrase-based translation model and decoding algorithm that enables us to evaluate and compare several, previously proposed phrase-based translation models. Within our framework, we carry out a large number of experiments to understand better and explain why phase-based models out-performed word-based models. Our empirical results, which hold for all examined language pairs, suggest that the highest levels of performance can be obtained through relatively simple means heuristic learning of phrase translations from word-based alignments and lexical weighting of phrase translations. Surprisingly, learning phrases longer than three words and learning phrases from high-accuracy word-level alignment models does not have a strong impact on performance. Learning only syntactically motivated phrases degrades the performance of our systems.

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics
  • Numerical Mathematics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE