Paper: Do We Need Phrases? Challenging The Conventional Wisdom In Statistical Machine Translation

ACL ID N06-1002
Title Do We Need Phrases? Challenging The Conventional Wisdom In Statistical Machine Translation
Venue Human Language Technologies
Session Main Conference
Year 2006
Authors

We begin by exploring theoretical and practical issues with phrasal SMT, several of which are addressed by syntax-based SMT. Next, to address problems not handled by syntax, we propose the concept of a Minimal Translation Unit (MTU) and develop MTU sequence models. Finally we incorporate these models into a syntax-based SMT system and demonstrate that it improves on the state of the art translation quality within a theoretically more desirable framework.