Gap Between Theory and Practice: Noise Sensitive Word Alignment in Machine Translation

Tsuyoshi Okita, Yvette Graham and Andy Way; JMLR W&CP 11:119-126, 2010.

Abstract

Word alignment is to estimate a lexical translation probability p(e|f), or to estimate the correspondence g(e,f) where a function g outputs either 0 or 1, between a source word f and a target word e for given bilingual sentences. In practice, this formulation does not consider the existence of 'noise' (or outlier) which may cause problems depending on the corpus. N-to-m mapping objects, such as paraphrases, non-literal translations, and multi-word expressions, may appear as both noise and also as valid training data. From this perspective, this paper tries to answer the following two questions: 1) how to detect stable patterns where noise seems legitimate, and 2) how to reduce such noise, where applicable, by supplying extra information as prior knowledge to a word aligner.




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