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Title Enhancing Cross-border EU E-commerce through Machine Translation: Needed Language Resources, Challenges and Opportunities
Authors Meritxell Fernández Barrera, Vladimir Popescu, Antonio Toral, Federico Gaspari and Khalid Choukri
Abstract This paper discusses the role that statistical machine translation (SMT) can play in the development of cross-border EU e-commerce,by highlighting extant obstacles and identifying relevant technologies to overcome them. In this sense, it firstly proposes a typology of e-commerce static and dynamic textual genres and it identifies those that may be more successfully targeted by SMT. The specific challenges concerning the automatic translation of user-generated content are discussed in detail. Secondly, the paper highlights the risk of data sparsity inherent to e-commerce and it explores the state-of-the-art strategies to achieve domain adequacy via adaptation. Thirdly, it proposes a robust workflow for the development of SMT systems adapted to the e-commerce domain by relying on inexpensive methods. Given the scarcity of user-generated language corpora for most language pairs, the paper proposes to obtain monolingual target-language data to train language models and aligned parallel corpora to tune and evaluate MT systems by means of crowdsourcing.
Topics LR National/International Projects, Infrastructural/Policy issues, Machine Translation, SpeechToSpeech Translation, Social Media Processing
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Bibtex @InProceedings{FERNNDEZBARRERA16.1259,
  author = {Meritxell Fernández Barrera and Vladimir Popescu and Antonio Toral and Federico Gaspari and Khalid Choukri},
  title = {Enhancing Cross-border EU E-commerce through Machine Translation: Needed Language Resources, Challenges and Opportunities},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016)},
  year = {2016},
  month = {may},
  date = {23-28},
  location = {Portoro┼ż, Slovenia},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair) and Khalid Choukri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Marko Grobelnik and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Helene Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  address = {Paris, France},
  isbn = {978-2-9517408-9-1},
  language = {english}
 }
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