Is Babelfish translator a rule-based machine translation?
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chiarabadesso
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Jun 17, 2016

Do you know if https://www.babelfish.com/success/ is rule-based, statistical or hybrid? I can't find any information about this engine ...

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Jeff Allen  Identity Verified
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about BabelFish Jun 20, 2016

chiarabadesso wrote:

Do you know if https://www.babelfish.com/success/ is rule-based, statistical or hybrid? I can't find any information about this engine ...


It has the registered name BabelFish at the site. Appears to be the the one which appeared in 1997 in a co-venture between DEC/Digital and Systran. It was the Systran rule-based system.
Only current people at Systran would be able to tell you if they are still the underlying system of this specific site.

Jeff


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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I would say it is rules-based Jun 21, 2016

I say so because it identifies the nature of words and their combination quite well when you enter a sentence that is syntactically correct but is plain absurd. You can try by creating a sentence containing highly improbable collocations (you probably remember Chomsky's good ole' "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously").

When you enter such a sentence just made up by you (so that there is no previous history of it), Babelfish builds a sentence that is correct syntactically, while Google Translate makes a total mess of it: it cannot find sufficient group candidates to cut and paste and build the translation sentence.


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chiarabadesso
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I'll ask people at Systran Jun 21, 2016

Thank you Tomás and Jeff for your answers. It's funny how hard it is to find (simple) technical info about a translation engines ...

@Jeff: I also had the same impression
@Jeff: I'll get in touch with Systran


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