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Delete duplicates i TM?
Thread poster: Profdoc
Profdoc
Local time: 05:30
Swedish to English
Aug 13, 2010

Is it recommendable to delete duplicates in a memoQ translation memory?

I translate technical documentation for a software company and at the moment I'm creating a new TM by aligning older original and translated documents. A lot of phrases and sentences are used repeatedly throughout the documents (which of course is why I use memoQ in the first place).

Anyway, the TM ends up having a lot of repeats in it. I'm not sure how many, but I wouldn't be surprised if 25-50% of the translation units are duplicates. Some of them are short, just one word, but there are a lot of them.

Is this a problem or does the TM work just fine anyway? If it is recommendable to remove the duplicates, what is the best method of doing it?

Thanks!


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Grzegorz Gryc  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:30
French to Polish
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Not necessary Aug 13, 2010

Profdoc wrote:

Anyway, the TM ends up having a lot of repeats in it. I'm not sure how many, but I wouldn't be surprised if 25-50% of the translation units are duplicates. Some of them are short, just one word, but there are a lot of them.

Is this a problem or does the TM work just fine anyway?


It's not a problem, leave it as is.

By default, MQ stores this kind of duplicates in order to save the context information.
So, if one day, you receive an updated document, you'll not be forced to revise it thouroughly, MQ will remember the correct sequence of TUs and you'll need only to check the efective changes.

BTW, in a lot of target languages (as Polish), the 100% matches should be always checked and revised because they may be translated in a different way depending of the context.
E.g., basically, in English you have no grammatical gender, the Polish translation of "it" may be translated in 3 different ways, MQ permits to apply the correct one if an appropriate contextual information is present.

Cheers
GG


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Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
Thailand
Local time: 10:30
Partial member (2004)
English to Thai
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OCR converted document Aug 14, 2010

I recently translated the OCR converted (untidy) document where TM hits were very bad. Format change made 100% match impossible and those many TU in TM did tricks for me. This is known as fuzzy in CAT tool algorithm.

Best regards,

Soonthon Lupkitaro


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Péter Tófalvi  Identity Verified
Hungary
Local time: 05:30
English to Hungarian
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How this feature actually works? Apr 21

I see that one can mark duplicates for merging or deletion, but then you must delete/merge the marked entries one by one, there is no one-step solution,

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