Paper: Finite-state Scriptural Translation

ACL ID C10-2091
Title Finite-state Scriptural Translation
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Poster Session
Year 2010

We use robust and fast Finite-State Machines (FSMs) to solve scriptural translation prob- lems. We describe a phonetico-morphotactic pivot UIT (universal intermediate transcrip- tion), based on the common phonetic reposito- ry of Indo-Pak languages. It is also extendable to other language groups. We describe a finite- state scriptural translation model based on fi- nite-state transducers and UIT. We report its performance on Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Se- raiki corpora. For evaluation, we design two classification scales based on the word and sentence accuracies for translation system classifications. We also show that subjective evaluations are vital for real life usage of a translation system in addition to objective evaluations.