GALA 2011: Asking the Right Questions about Machine Translation

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) puts on its third annual conference in Lisbon on March 28-30, 2011.

Asking the Right Questions about Machine Translation

Presented by Jörgen Danielsen of Eule Lokalisierung.

What do I want to achieve with MT?

  • Quick – almost real time – information
  • Cost reduction
  • Extended coverage

Does my translation volume support the MT machinery? Things to consider:

  • Initial investment
  • Maintenance
  • Industrial vs. manual

How much money do I need to spend upfront and what will be my ROI?

  • Cost of MT software
  • Subject matter
  • Format of source texts
  • Existing terminology
  • Size of training corpus
  • Integration

Is a reduced quality good enough for my purposes?

Can I achieve 100% quality at less than 100% cost?

Can I integrate M into my environment?

  • Portal integration
  • Interface between MT and TM
  • Will MT leave formats, function words, proper names, etc. intact?

Should I use MT or have my provider use it for me?