Paper: Three Heads Are Better Than One

ACL ID A94-1016
Title Three Heads Are Better Than One
Venue Applied Natural Language Processing Conference
Session Main Conference
Year 1994
Authors

Machine translation (MT) systems do not currently achieve optimal quality trans- lation on free text, whatever translation method they employ. Our hypothesis is that the quality of MT will improve if an MT environment uses output from a vari- ety of MT systems working on the same text. In the latest version of the Pan- gloss MT project, we collect the results of three translation engines -- typically, sub- sentential chunks -- in a chart data struc- ture. Since the individual MT systems op- erate completely independently, their re- sults may be incomplete, conflicting, or re- dundant. We use simple scoring heuristics to estimate the quality of each chunk, and find the highest-score sequence of chunks (the "best cover"). This paper describes in detail the combining method, present- ing the ...