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How Machine translation is transforming and boosting translators’ work

Our member 2M Language Services presents how machine translation is boosting translators’ productivity and transforming the way they work

The new NMT models and further developments have produced great results in certain language pairs and are now used as another translator productivity tool in the language services industry. Research and experiments have shown that translators were able to increase their daily word output by working with machine translated content for suitable texts which had a direct impact on capacity, prices and even global trade.

This has changed the way translators work and we can see 2 new work models emerge: Machine Translation + Post Editing (MTPE) and  Interactive Translation Prediction (ITP). These are 2 ways in which we can see human-machine collaboration on producing translated content.


Post-Edited Machine Translation

MTPE is currently the most widely adopted model within the localisation industry. In the MTPE model, the translator works with content that is pre-translated and pre-populated by machine translation whilst also looking at the source text. He can then go through the machine translated content to review, correct errors, makes necessary edits, adapt content to the target market or local culture. In brief, anything that the machine cannot do and that needs human input.


Interactive Translation Prediction

ITP is another model that is less spoken about than MTPE but that has proven to increase translator’s productivity as well. In this model, the machine acts as an assistant of the translator leaving him in charge of the translation when in MTPE the translator has to work with what he gets as pre-translated content.


Which model works best?

Both MTPE and ITP have their pros and cons. It depends on various factors which model is the best in increasing the translator’s productivity such as what MT engine is used, the translator’s ability to work with the machine, how much specific terminology is involved and more.

Both ITP and MTPE have different effects on processing time, technical effort and final quality.


To find out which model you should use, read full article.


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