Paper: Methods and Practical Issues in Evaluating Alignment Techniques

ACL ID C98-1113
Title Methods and Practical Issues in Evaluating Alignment Techniques
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1998
Authors

This paper describes the work achieved in the first half of a 4-year cooperative research project (ARCADE), financed by AUPELF-UREF. The project is devoted to the evaluation of paral- lel text alignment techniques. In its first period ARCADE ran a competition between six sys- tems on a sentence-to-sentence alignment task which yielded two main types of results. First, a large reference bilingual corpus comprising of texts of different genres was created, each pre- senting various degrees of difficulty with respect to the aligmnent task. Second, significant methodological progress was made both on the evaluation protocols and metrics, and the algorithms used by the dif- ferent systems. For the second phase, which is now underway, ARCADE has been opened to a larger number o...