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What is the actual quality of machine translations?

Who claimed that machine translation is as good as a human translator? For me, as a professional translator who makes his living on translation for 35 years now, MT means that my daily production of ...
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What is the actual quality of machine translations?

Google's translations can be useful, especially if you know that the translations are not perfect and if you just want to have an initial idea of the meaning of the text (whose Google's translations ...
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What makes Google Translate fail on the Latin language?

I don't know what model Google is using for their translations, but it's highly likely that they're using one of today's SOTA deep learning models. The latest NLP models are trained on data scraped ...
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What is the actual quality of machine translations?

You have asked quite a lot of questions, some of which cannot be answered definitively . To give an insight of the quality (and its history) of machine translations I like to refer to Christopher ...
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Why does Google Translate produce two different translations for the same Chinese text?

It's not quite clear what you are asking. So I'll answer in separate parts. Why is the translation different from the official title? It could be simply because machine translation is not perfect, ...
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How is Google Translate able to convert texts of different lengths?

Usually, in natural language processing (NLP), they are using Sequence to Sequence Learning (Seq2Seq) with Neural Networks, such as Recurrent Neural Networks or more recently the Transformer (you can ...
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What is the actual quality of machine translations?

It really depends on the language pair and the topic of the content. Translating to/from English to any other language usually is the best supported. Translating to and from popular languages works ...
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Why can't we use Google Translate for every translation task?

Google has achieved significant progress in AI translation, but it's still no-where near a qualified human translator. Natural language translation is already very challenging, adding domain knowledge ...
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What is the actual quality of machine translations?

Am I wrong and Google's translations are nevertheless readable, helpful and useful for a majority of users? Yes, they are somewhat helpful and allow you to translate faster. Or does Google have ...
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What is the actual quality of machine translations?

Apologies for not writing in English. Please find the adapted translation here: To give interested people an idea of the quality of MT (DeepL) please see this example from a text I was working on ...
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Why does Google Translate produce two different translations for the same Chinese text?

As you know google translation works base on statistical methods. In statistical translation, many parameters can be related to the final result. One of these parameters is co-occurrence of words in a ...
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What makes Google Translate fail on the Latin language?

Simple old Latin is different from Latin and in the language words are added to written language that are not spoken as well as reverse order of words to have forward meaning.
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What is the actual quality of machine translations?

Surprisingly all the other answers are very vague and try to approach this from the human translator POV. Let's switch over to ML engineer. When creating a translation tool, one of the first ...
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What is the actual quality of machine translations?

This will be not so much an answer as a commentary. The quality depends on several things, including (as Aaron said above) 1) the language pair and 2) the topic, but also 3) the genera and 4) the ...
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Why can't we use Google Translate for every translation task?

This is an good question and I have to wonder if someday we might. It may simply be a matter of formalizing all of the concepts conveyed by humans, which is emergent, but has to be finite. The ...
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Why does Google Translate produce two different translations for the same Chinese text?

Google uses user input to improve translation. Some user may have provided an input to the Traditional Chinese characters using English characters only instead of pinyin, which would introduce a ...
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Why does Google Translate produce two different translations for the same Chinese text?

Chinese words 'fu' means with different intonation marks either happiness, huspand or tiger. Without correct intonation notation in English it may translate in Chinese as Tiger. Movie title has ...
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