Source sentence simplification for statistical machine translation

Source sentence simplification for statistical machine translation” by E. Hasler, A. de Gispert, F. Stahlberg, A. Waite, and W. Byrne. Computer Speech & Language, 2017. Available online 16 December 2016.


Long sentences with complex syntax and long-distance dependencies pose difficulties for machine translation systems. Short sentences, on the other hand, are usually easier to translate. We study the potential of addressing this mismatch using text simplification: given a simplified version of the full input sentence, can we use it in addition to the full input to improve translation? We show that the spaces of original and simplified translations can be effectively combined using translation lattices and compare two decoding approaches to process both inputs at different levels of integration. We demonstrate on source-annotated portions of WMT test sets and on top of strong baseline systems combining hierarchical and neural translation for two language pairs that source simplification can help to improve translation quality.

BibTeX entry:

   author = {E. Hasler and A. de Gispert and F. Stahlberg and A. Waite and
	W. Byrne},
   title = {Source sentence simplification for statistical machine
   journal = {Computer Speech & Language},
   year = {2017},
   note = {Available online 16 December 2016},
   url = {}

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