Paper: An Empirical Study of the Impact of Idioms on Phrase Based Statistical Machine Translation of English to Brazilian-Portuguese

ACL ID W14-1007
Title An Empirical Study of the Impact of Idioms on Phrase Based Statistical Machine Translation of English to Brazilian-Portuguese
Venue Workshop on Hybrid Approaches to Translation
Session
Year 2014
Authors

This paper describes an experiment to evaluate the impact of idioms on Statis- tical Machine Translation (SMT) process using the language pair English/Brazilian- Portuguese. Our results show that on sen- tences containing idioms a standard SMT system achieves about half the BLEU score of the same system when applied to sentences that do not contain idioms. We also provide a short error analysis and out- line our planned work to overcome this limitation.