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First Steps towards Multi-Engine Machine Translation

Andreas Eisele
In: Philipp Koehn; Joel Martin; Rada Mihalcea; Christof Monz; Ted Pedersen (Hrsg.). Proceedings of the ACL Workshop on Building and Using Parallel Texts. ACL Workshop on Building and Using Parallel Text, Pages 155-158, 6/2005.


We motivate our contribution to the shared MT task as a first step towards an integrated architecture that combines advantages of statistical and knowledge-based approaches. Translations were generated using the Pharaoh decoder with tables derived from the provided alignments for all four languages, and for three of them using web-based and locally installed commercial systems. We then applied statistical and heuristic algorithms to select the most promising translation out of each set of candidates obtained from a source sentence. Results and possible refinements are discussed.