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Neural System Combination for Machine Translation

Abstract · Apr 21, 2017 04:36 ·

nmt word combination smt system machine phrase translation cs-cl

Arxiv Abstract

  • Long Zhou
  • Wenpeng Hu
  • Jiajun Zhang
  • Chengqing Zong

Neural machine translation (NMT) becomes a new approach to machine translation and generates much more fluent results compared to statistical machine translation (SMT). However, SMT is usually better than NMT in translation adequacy. It is therefore a promising direction to combine the advantages of both NMT and SMT. In this paper, we propose a neural system combination framework leveraging multi-source NMT, which takes as input the outputs of NMT and SMT systems and produces the final translation. Extensive experiments on the Chinese-to-English translation task show that our model archives significant improvement by 5.3 BLEU points over the best single system output and 3.4 BLEU points over the state-of-the-art traditional system combination methods.

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