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Lilt: interactive stat MT for translators
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Interactive MT has been a research topic at the periphery of MT research since the late '60s. In an interactive MT system, the human translator and the machine agent collaboratively create translations. The MT system's role is to augment rather than to replace the human translator. TransType, CasmaCat, and ALPS are all examples of academic systems that implemented this idea.

A few of us at Stanford began working on an interactive MT system in 2011. About 50 Proz users participated in the research user studies conducted throughout 2014. After I graduated in 2015, we decided to commercialize our research prototype, which we called Predictive Translation Memory. John DeNero, with whom I worked on Google Translate in 2011, is a co-founder, and Franz Och, who started the Google Translate group, is our chief advisor.

The product that we've built, Lilt, is now publicly available. To our knowledge, it's the first commercial statistical interactive MT system. It also includes a traditional TM and a "lexicon," which is reminiscent of the single-word query Google Translate UI (which John built while at Google). It's free during our public trial period. We welcome your feedback!

Try it now at http://lilt.com/

Please post questions and comments to this thread, or email them directly to us at info@lilt.com


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Piotr Bienkowski  Identity Verified
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Polish is not supported Jan 4, 2016

So for me this is a showstopper.

Piotr


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Milan Condak  Identity Verified
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Tilde has also on-line MT Jan 4, 2016

Piotr Bienkowski wrote:

So for me this is a showstopper.

Piotr


Piotr, you can try

https://readymt.tilde.com/

http://www.tilde.com/mt/buildMT

http://www.tilde.com/mt/free-trial

I prefer local MT.

Milan


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Spence Green  Identity Verified
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Re: Language support Jan 4, 2016

Piotr Bienkowski wrote:

So for me this is a showstopper.

Piotr


Hi Piotr!

Yes, our language support is necessarily limited right now. In the next month we will be releasing Fr-En, De-En, and EnPt.

You're not the first to ask for Polish, so we will add it to our list.


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Dan Lucas  Identity Verified
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Any non-European languages? Jan 4, 2016

Spence Green wrote:
Try it now

Are CJK languages on the horizon? I am a Japanese-English specialist, so...

Regards
Dan

[Edited at 2016-01-05 17:00 GMT]


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Re: CJK support Jan 5, 2016

Dan Lucas wrote:

Are CJK languages on the horizon? I am a Japanese-English specialist, so...

Regards
Dan


Hi Dan: Zh-En will probably be the first CJK pair that we add. CJK target languages will require some redesign of the autocomplete interaction.

Spence


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Dan Lucas  Identity Verified
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Pleasant surprise Jan 5, 2016

Spence Green wrote:
Hi Dan: Zh-En will probably be the first CJK pair that we add. CJK target languages will require some redesign of the autocomplete interaction.

Right, so there's nothing fundamentally different? Well that's good. Would be nice to have access to similar resources to those enjoyed by European language pair translators, including Lilt.

Dan


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Michael Joseph Wdowiak Beijer  Identity Verified
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PS: Jan 5, 2016

HTML code in someone's post has messed up this page. This happened to me too several times in the past, and was usually solved by deleting specific code (can't remember now what it was exactly) in my post.

I think it was you, Dan, in your post titled: "Any non-European languages?"

Michael

[Edited at 2016-01-05 16:37 GMT]

Edited to add that the offending HTML code has now been removed

[Edited at 2016-01-05 19:27 GMT]


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Spence Green  Identity Verified
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Re: CJK support Jan 5, 2016

Dan Lucas wrote:

Right, so there's nothing fundamentally different? Well that's good. Would be nice to have access to similar resources to those enjoyed by European language pair translators, including Lilt.



For an English target there are no changes required. We just need MT training data, which is a little harder to obtain in sufficient volumes for CJK language pairs. CJK targets will require some interface interventions.


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Susan Welsh  Identity Verified
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Only Spanish-English are supported! Jan 6, 2016

You should have said so when you posted this.
Your product does not seem to be ready for the Big Time.


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Re: Language support Jan 6, 2016

Susan Welsh wrote:

You should have said so when you posted this.
Your product does not seem to be ready for the Big Time.


Hi Susan!

Thanks for trying Lilt. Actually, we support EnEs, En>Fr, and En>De right now. We're adding Fr>En and De>En next week, and EnPt the week after that. We don't support En-Ru yet!

You might not have noticed that the list of target languages changes based on the source language that you select.


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Susan Welsh  Identity Verified
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@Spence Jan 6, 2016

When I go to the site, the only source languages offered are Spanish and English:

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Spence Green  Identity Verified
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Re: language support Jan 6, 2016

Susan Welsh wrote:

When I go to the site, the only source languages offered are Spanish and English:



Correct. And when you select English as the source language, you will see that the list of target languages in the target dropdown will change. You should see French and German appear as options.

[Edited at 2016-01-06 20:11 GMT]


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Adding two more language pairs Jan 23, 2016

As promised---although a little later than anticipated---Fr>En and De>En are now live. EnPt will be released in about two weeks.

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Domenico Trimboli  Identity Verified
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EN>IT? Jan 23, 2016

Hello Spence,

Your software seems interesting. Any plans for En>It?

Domenico


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