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Challenges in Building an Arabic-English GHMT System with SMT Components

Habash, Nizar Y.; Dorr, Bonnie; Monz, Christof

The research context of this paper is developing hybrid machine translation (MT) systems that exploit the advantages of linguistic rule-based and statistical MT systems. Arabic, as a morphologically rich language, is especially challenging even without addressing the hybridization question. In this paper, we describe the challenges in building an Arabic- English generation-heavy machine translation (GHMT) system and boosting it with statistical machine translation (SMT) components. We present an extensive evaluation of multiple system variants and report positive results on the advantages of hybridization.

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Computer Science
Publisher
Proceedings of the 7th Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas
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July 5, 2013