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Title A Comparison of MT Errors and ESL Errors
Authors Homa B. Hashemi and Rebecca Hwa
Abstract Generating fluent and grammatical sentences is a major goal for both Machine Translation (MT) and second-language Grammar Error Correction (GEC), but there have not been a lot of cross-fertilization between the two research communities. Arguably, an automatic translate-to-English system might be seen as an English as a Second Language (ESL) writer whose native language is the source language. This paper investigates whether research findings from the GEC community may help with characterizing MT error analysis. We describe a method for the automatic classification of MT errors according to English as a Second Language (ESL) error categories and conduct a large comparison experiment that includes both high-performing and low-performing translate-to-English MT systems for several source languages. Comparing the distribution of MT error types for all the systems suggests that MT systems have fairly similar distributions regardless of their source languages, and the high-performing MT systems have error distributions that are more similar to those of the low-performing MT systems than to those of ESL learners with the same L1.
Topics Machine Translation, SpeechToSpeech Translation, Multilinguality
Full paper A Comparison of MT Errors and ESL Errors
Bibtex @InProceedings{BHASHEMI14.911,
  author = {Homa B. Hashemi and Rebecca Hwa},
  title = {A Comparison of MT Errors and ESL Errors},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'14)},
  year = {2014},
  month = {may},
  date = {26-31},
  address = {Reykjavik, Iceland},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair) and Khalid Choukri and Thierry Declerck and Hrafn Loftsson and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  isbn = {978-2-9517408-8-4},
  language = {english}
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