A Maximum Entropy Word Aligner for Arabic-English Machine Translation

This paper presents a maximum entropy word alignment algorithm for Arabic-English based on supervised training data. We demonstrate that it is feasible to create training material for problems in machine translation and that a mixture of supervised and unsupervised methods yields superior performance. The probabilistic model used in the alignment directly models the link decisions. Significant improvement over traditional word alignment techniques is shown as well as improvement on several machine translation tests. Performance of the algorithm is contrasted with human annotation performance.

By: Abraham Ittycheriah; Salim Roukos

Published in: RC23627 in 2005


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