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Pitfalls of Statistical Translation on a Large Scale

Jun 14, 2011

An interesting article from the Atlantic about one of the shortcomings of statistical based translation, which seems to be hitting a wall of diminishing returns in its ability to improve, at least for the way Google is currently implementing it. Google is dropping an automatic-translation tool because overuse by spam-bloggers is flooding the Internet with sloppily translated text which in turn is making computerised translation trained on translated text available on the Internet even sloppier.