Quality of Amazon's NMT system "Amazon Translate"?
Thread poster: Hans Lenting

Hans Lenting  Identity Verified
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Apr 17

Who has tested Amazon Translate (https://aws.amazon.com/translate/ )?

How does it compare with DeepL?


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Mirko Mainardi  Identity Verified
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Another one? Apr 17

They're springing up like mushrooms...

At any rate, although I haven't tried it, I guess all of the "post-editors" working for Amazon now should have a pretty good idea about its quality. I've read several posts from them on these fora, so there should be quite a few around who have been probably using this MT engine without even realizing it.


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Hans Lenting  Identity Verified
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Interesting ... Apr 17

Mirko Mainardi wrote:

They're springing up like mushrooms...

At any rate, although I haven't tried it, I guess all of the "post-editors" working for Amazon now should have a pretty good idea about its quality. I've read several posts from them on these fora, so there should be quite a few around who have been probably using this MT engine without even realizing it.


That's an interesting remark. Would be nice if they chimed in.

Since Amazon sells a lot of technical products, I'm hoping for a nice NMT-driven 'illustrated dictionary' .

Screen Shot 2018-04-17 at 11.39.21


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Mirko Mainardi  Identity Verified
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Optimization for short strings and context sensitive MT? Apr 17

Hans Lenting wrote:

Since Amazon sells a lot of technical products, I'm hoping for a nice NMT-driven 'illustrated dictionary' .

Screen Shot 2018-04-17 at 11.39.21


Every now and then I see some REALLY BAD product descriptions, especially for shorter strings and isolated terms, which make up a good deal of product descriptions, so I guess this fantastic new NMT is not that smart either, after all...

E.g.

IPS LCD touchscreen capacitivo, 16M colori, 5.15 pollici (~ 71,4% schermo-a-corpo ratio), 1080 x 1920 pixel (~ 428 ppi densità di pixel)
Android 7.1.1 (torrone), Octa-core (4x2,45 GHz Kryo & 4x1,9 GHz Kryo)
64 GB, 6 GB RAM
Dual 12 MP (27mm, f/1.8, OIS 4-axis & 52mm, f/2.6), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 8 MP, 1080p
2. anni di garanzia
http://www.amazon.it/Xiaomi-Mi-Dual-64GB-Nero/dp/B074WPDTJF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523958415&sr=8-1&keywords=Xiaomi%20Mi6

Paradoxically enough, it seems that by publishing thousands of similar (or worse) "translated" descriptions, they are polluting the same trough their MTs feed from...


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Michael Beijer  Identity Verified
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Dutch<>English not supported (yet)... Apr 17

Hans Lenting wrote:

Who has tested Amazon Translate (https://aws.amazon.com/translate/ )?

How does it compare with DeepL?


I was all logged in and ready to try it out, but soon realised that Dutch into English isn't yet supported, so haven't been able to test it yet.

I also remember that Patrick Porter (https://www.proz.com/translator/94253 ) who used to hang around here on Proz was hired by the Amazon MT team at some point, so I wonder whether he had something to do with it.


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Tom in London
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Is it secure? Apr 17

Hans Lenting wrote:

Who has tested Amazon Translate (https://aws.amazon.com/translate/ )?

How does it compare with DeepL?


Is this thing secure? You have to sign in to use it. What happens to the data?


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