Machine Translation and Its Working

Feb 17, 2015   Allumez   Management Softwares

What is machine translation?

Machine translation is the translation of text by computer, with none human involvement. Pioneered in the 1950s, machine translation can also being referred to as automated translation, automatic or either instant translation. 

How does machine translation work?

Two types of machine translation system: rules-based and statistical:

  • Rules-based systems use a combination of language and grammar rules plus dictionaries for common words. Special dictionaries are created to focus on certain industries or disciplines. Rules-based system typically deliver consistent translations with accurate terminology when trained with specialist dictionaries.
  • Statistical systems have no knowledge of language rules. Instead they "learn" to translate by analysing large amounts of data for each language pair. They can be trained for the  specific industries or disciplines using additional data relevant to the sector needed. Typically the statistical systems deliver more fluent-sounding but less consistent translations.

When would we use machine translation?

When translating with SDL Trados Studio, any segments not leveraged from the translation memory can automatically be machine translated for the translator to review, then accepted and amended if necessary, or decided to manually translate instead.  
As  translator, you can configure how much the  machine translation is used and which machine translation engines to use.

Respecting client confidentiality
If the projects you work on are commercially sensitive, your customer’s may require that information is not disclosed to any third parties.  Carefully considering how and when to use machine translation as you could be sharing segments of the source with a third party.

Audit files are being automatically generated by SDL Trados Studio which record the use of machine translation.

What machine translation can we use?

SDL Trados Studio supports a number of machine translation engines that are available over an internet connection. The machine translation solution provided by SDL include; SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation for Studio 2014 and SDL BeGlobal. You can choose between various option when choosing your machine translation solution. Starting with the free package of baseline (untrained) translation up to industry specific trained engines, we have option that is right for you.

With SDL BeGlobal, it is also being possible to use your customer's trained machine translation systems to deliver even faster results.

What are the benefits to your translators of using machine translation?

Increased productivity – deliver translations faster

  • Use freely available machine translation to pre-translate new segments that are not leveraged from translation memory. 
  • Connect to and use  customer's or supplier's trained engine through SDL BeGlobal or use the industry specific machine translation solution SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation to achieve better quality results every time.

Flexibility and choice – to suit all types of project

  • Select from  number of different machine translation engines.
  • Choose from over 50 languages and also more than 2,500 language pairs to suit your project.
  • Compare rule-based and statistical machine translation engines.


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