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PangeaMT Webinar on Translation Customization and DIY MT

by Manuel Herranz Machine translation is a hot topic – and will be a hot topic for some years to come. But it is not only a hot topic with a lot of mystifying hype around it. Elia Yuste, Andreas Thömel and (I hope) myself came a little bit closer to clearing doubts about what is a customized machine translation engine, what is machine translation DIY. Our Gala Webinar aimed at clarifying some misconceptions about language companies building their own tools and applying them successfully in the language market. The language industry is a very varied industry, with few technological players which dominate the landscape and a myriad of smaller tools which fit many purposes, large and small. PangeaMT was born as the technological division solving the needs of a translation company. PangeaMT now has a life of its own and it is a well-respected, mature technology. The presentation is available already […]

Understanding Machine Translation Customization and DIY MT

by Manuel Herranz The same mistake that was made by many translation agencies, translation companies and now language service providers is being made by tough machine translation companies. “My (machine) translation is better than yours”, “my machine translation system works, everybody else’s doesn’t”. Translation companies have learnt that they cannot sell translation services on “translation quality claims” only or “I am better than you because…”  – but it seems that some machine translation companies have to learn the same lesson. I am referring particularly to those with risky levels of investment /venture capital to repay and without the testing ground of in-house native speakers or a real translation department where to test their technologies and MT before release. At times, such companies obtained their “high quality clean data” by bombarding Google Translate and applying cleaning cycles which included manual revision by local, non-native graduates. Many LSPs fall for the big marketing campaigns, […]

Pangea Machine Translation at Machine Translation Summit XIV

Pangeanic’s machine translation technologies from division PangeaMT and its involvement within the EXPERT program will be presented at the poster session of the European MT Machine Translation Summit XIV which will take place in Nice, 2-6th September. Pangeanic is attending as a member of the EU-funded Marie Curie consortium EXPERT (EXPloiting Empirical appRoaches to Translation). The aim of this EU-funded action is to train young researchers, namely Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and Experienced Researchers (ERs), promoting research, development and the use of hybrid LT (language translation) technologies. Like other partners in the consortium, Pangeanic is to contribute to different project stages. At the end of the project, the technological division PangeaMT will oversee the implementation and evaluation of the new hybrid computer-aided translation technology proposed in EXPERT. The company will also collaborate by (co-)hosting and supervising a number of post-graduate and post-doctoral researchers. Some topics of interest for the translation industry are […]

Translation Companies Rank High

by Manuel Herranz Despite downward pressures (not unlike any other industries) the translation industry seems to be able to provide revenue and career opportunities despite the grim economic outlook. Several translation companies are entrants in the famous Inc. 500-5000, which ranks companies by general revenue growth. This follows recent reports forecasting machine translation industry growth at around 18% and general translation industry growing (although slower) in 2012. There are 15 companies within the translation and language services category in total in the list. There are several conditions to qualify. Inc.500-5000 only lists US-based companies over a 3-year period and the companies must have generated a minimum of $100,000 in 2008 but at least $2M in 2012. As this is a commercial ranking, companies must be privately held, for-profit and they must not be divisions of larger companies or subsidiaries of foreign companies. This is the list and ranking of the […]

Human Translation or Machine Translation – What’s Best for Me?

For some people, using a translation software program to translate a piece of text from one language to the next is enough. They believe the current state-of-the-art is good enough to provide Human Translation or Machine Translation. It would be naive to believe this always works. We have proven at Pangeanic that this works in applied contexts, when we are dealing with a particular domain, enough clean data and when certain conditions apply. Please refer to many of our presentations since 2009 on the use of applied machine translation to speed translation of documentation in particular. But as we all know, it takes a lot more than just software. The application of unrestricted, universal machine translation will take some time. In fact, it would not be fair to talk about “machine translation” in general but language combinations (English/Spanish/French/Portuguese/Scandinavian) in which it is undoubtedly successful -whilst in other languages certain nuances make […]

I used to be a Translator, Now I Run Machine Translation (LocWorld London 2013)

by Manuel Herranz It is only when looking back in time that one realizes how much work has been done, how far we are from where we used to be … what we call progress. That is what happened during our presentation at Localization World presentation of PangeaMT machine translation technologies. Our presentation summarized how the mix of Pangea Machine Translation Technologies have enabled translation practitioners to empower themselves and be active in machine translation rather than just be passive users or passive post-editors. The platform is mostly based on open source developments to allow flexibility and customization, but it also includes proprietary cleaning filters, translation engine creation and retraining, dataset management and a very powerful set of statistics so users can see improvements every step of the way. Pangea is the history of a solution designed for translators, for applied language professionals. It is machine translation as a productivity enhancer […]

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Pangeanic in EU EXPERT Project Evaluating Hybrid Machine Translation

by Manuel Herranz As recently published in our news section, Pangeanic will take part as a full member in the EU-funded EXPERT Project. EXPERT aims to train young researchers to promote the research, development and use of hybrid language translation technologies. In practice, EXPERT aims at improving translation practices and enhancing the productivity of relevant actors in the translation market. In this respect, EXPERT’s findings will set an agenda for new skills and jobs by promoting new job profiles based on empirical data from translation professionals (language service providers) and academia. The assumption of the project is that true potential of MT remains to be exploited as a result of non-user-friendly interfaces, lack of awareness of translator’s feedback, etc. However, Pangeanic already created and released a web-based tool that is able to organize material for Machine Translation by domain, maintain it and perform some cleaning routines, a key factor in our participation […]

Translation Technologies at LocWorld (Part 2: Practitioners)

by Manuel Herranz I will describe the rest of the very interesting Pre-conference Day and presentations by the organizers (TAUS) as well as other 3 companies which are either machine translation developers or practitioners of automated translation solutions. Presentations brought different perspectives to the machine translation landscape, with efforts and advancements by several companies, including Pangeanic. Maxim Khalilov from TAUS summarized the good work being done by the organization within the MosesCore project. His presentation was an invitation to visit and find out more about tools, data and resources. Amongst the tools, he mentioned other alternatives to Moses (Thot, for instance), as well as a collection of TAUS features on quality evaluation. Important for new entrants or those with an interest in MT is the collection of data at TAUS: Europarl (1,8 million sentences), JRC-Acquis (270 paragraphs), Hansards, UN, OPUS, LDC Linguistic Data Consortium, ELRA, as well as TAUS’ own repositories, […]

Translation Technologies at LocWorld (Part 1: Moses)

by Manuel Herranz I attended Localization World London both as a guest speaker on what I call an upsurge in machine translation, almost a “transition frenzy” towards post-editing “future stability” within the EU-sponsored MosesCore project, organized by TAUS, and as an exhibitor of PangeaMT’s DIY SMT machine translation technologies. The session formed part of the Pre-Conference Day and it was a lively session with plenty of Q&A from attendees, reflecting the high interest MT has stirred among translation users and practitioners nowadays. Prof. Hieu Hoang provided a general introduction to what an SMT system is as translation technology, as well as what translation and language models are. The distinction between a translation model and, probabilities of phrases to figure out how the output sentence is grammatically correct, proper re-ordered, etc. Prof. Hoang related the story of how he originally updated Pharaoh to replace Moses and now only maintains it, as […]

How to build, run and own your machine translation ecosystem – Pangeanic at LocWorld London 2013

Pangeanic will exhibit its Pangea machine translation technology at LocWorld London 2013 inside ELIA‘s booth.  Over the 3-day event, you will have a chance to meet our representatives and see for yourself how PangeaMT works and how easy it is to create translation engines, manage them and update engines, clean and segregate training material and of course obtain translation in portable and open formats (from TMX and XLIFF to xml-compliant docx, odt, html and ttx). Manuel Herranz is also a guest speaker at the pre-conference day, where he will speak as an experienced implementor of machine translation (MT) technologies at LSP and for large organizations with big publishing needs. Pangeanic was a founding member of TAUS, the industry think-tank and its spin-off the Data Association. Advancements in machine translation led Pangeanic to become the first language service provider to successfully apply Moses as recorded by the EU research program Euromatrixplus. The release of […]