Paper: A Structured Prediction Approach for Statistical Machine Translation

ACL ID I08-2087
Title A Structured Prediction Approach for Statistical Machine Translation
Venue International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2008
Authors

We propose a new formally syntax-based method for statistical machine translation. Transductions between parsing trees are transformed into a problem of sequence tagging, which is then tackled by a search- based structured prediction method. This allows us to automatically acquire transla- tion knowledge from a parallel corpus without the need of complex linguistic parsing. This method can achieve compa- rable results with phrase-based method (like Pharaoh), however, only about ten percent number of translation table is used. Experiments show that the structured pre- diction approach for SMT is promising for its strong ability at combining words.