Type

Conference Proceedings

Authors

Andy Way
Ke Hu
Sheila Castilho
Antonio Toral

Subjects

Linguistics

Topics
claims machine translation english parity human future language machine translating

Attaining the unattainable? Reassessing claims of human parity in neural machine translation (2018)

Abstract We reassess a recent study (Hassan et al., 2018) that claimed that machine translation (MT) has reached human parity for the translation of news from Chinese into English, using pairwise ranking and considering three variables that were not taken into account in that previous study: the language in which the source side of the test set was originally written, the translation proficiency of the evaluators, and the provision of inter-sentential context. If we consider only original source text (i.e. not translated from another language, or translationese), then we find evidence showing that human parity has not been achieved. We compare the judgments of professional translators against those of non-experts and discover that those of the experts result in higher inter-annotator agreement and better discrimination between human and machine translations. In addition, we analyse the human translations of the test set and identify important translation issues. Finally, based on these findings, we provide a set of recommendations for future human evaluations of MT.
Collections Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Publication Type = Conference or Workshop Item
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = DCU Faculties and Schools: Faculty of Engineering and Computing: School of Computing
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = Research Initiatives and Centres: ADAPT
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Status = Published
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Computer Science: Machine translating

Full list of authors on original publication

Andy Way, Ke Hu, Sheila Castilho, Antonio Toral

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Andy Way
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 229
 
2
Ke Hu
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 3
 
3
Sheila Castilho
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 16
 
4
Antonio Toral
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 18