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Iterative, MT-based sentence alignment of parallel texts

Publikationsart Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Tagungsbeitrag (peer-reviewed)
Projekt Domain-specific Statistical Machine Translation
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Tagungsbeitrag (peer-reviewed)

Titel der Proceedings NODALIDA 2011, Nordic Conference of Computational Linguistics
Ort Riga


Recent research has shown that MT-based sentence alignment is a robust approach for noisy parallel texts. However, using Machine Translation for sentence alignment causes a chicken-and-egg problem: to train a corpus-based MT system, we need sentence-aligned data, and MT-based sentence alignment depends on an MT system. We describe a bootstrapping approach to sentence alignment that resolves this circular dependency by computing an initial alignment with length-based methods. Our evaluation shows that iterative MT-based sentence alignment significantly outperforms widespread alignment approaches on our evaluation set, without requiring any linguistic resources other than the to-be-aligned bitext.