A research team from the University of Melbourne, Facebook AI, and Twitter Cortex proposes a black-box test method for assessing and debugging the numerical translation of neural machine translation systems in a systematic manner. The approach reveals novel types of errors that are general across multiple state-of-the-art translation systems.
A research team from ByteDance AI Lab, University of Wisconsin–Madison and Nanjing University wins the ACL 2021 best paper award. Their proposed Vocabulary Learning via Optimal Transport (VOLT) approach leverages optimal transport to automatically find an optimal vocabulary without trial training.
Tsinghua Natural Language Processing Group (THUNLP) has published a great reading list for any budding AI researchers whose New Year’s resolution is to study machine translation. The list compiles the most influential machine translation papers from the past 30 years, spotlighting the 10 most important contributions to the development of machine translation.
Compared to SMT, NMT can train multiple features jointly and does not need prior domain knowledge, enabling zero-shot translation. In addition to higher BLEU score and better sentence structure, NMT can also help reduce morphology errors, syntax errors, and word order errors of SMT.