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Data Selection for SMT with Latent Domain Variables

Event date: 
Wednesday, 11 November, 2015 - 16:00 to 16:45
Room 101 (North Building)
Khalil Sim'an (U. of Amsterdam)

I will address the problem of selecting adequate training sentence pairs from a mix-of-domains parallel corpus for a translation task represented by a small in-domain parallel corpus. I will present a novel latent domain translation model which includes domain priors, domain dependent translation models and language models. The goal of learning is to estimate the probability of a sentence pair in mix-domain corpus to be in- or out-domain using in-domain corpus statistics as prior. An EM training algorithm is presented together with solutions for estimating out-domain models (given only in- and mix-domain data). We report on experiments in data selection (intrinsic) and machine translation (extrinsic) on a large parallel corpus consisting of a mix of a rather diverse set of domains. Our results show that our latent domain invitation approach outperforms the existing baselines significantly.

Marcello Federico