How to make source texts more translation memory friendly?
Thread poster: Jia Deng
Nov 23, 2010

When I analysed a source text, which is a weather forecast, in a empty translation memory, the total repetitions were 22, which were between 0%--74%. As we know, if the translation memory is empty, the source text is compared with itself. Thus, in the weather forecast I analysed, there are 22 repetitions. I am required to make the repetitions more. I edited the source text. I used the same words or even the same sentence patterns in different places. I had thought it would make a difference. However, when I analysed the weather forecast which I edited, the total repetitions were still 22. What should I do in order to make the repetitions more, or make the source text more translation memory friendly ? Thank you very much .

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Yasmin Moslem  Identity Verified
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Repetitions Dec 4, 2010

Jia Deng wrote:

I edited the source text. I used the same words or even the same sentence patterns in different places. I had thought it would make a difference. However, when I analysed the weather forecast which I edited, the total repetitions were still 22.


Dear Jia,

What do you mean by repetitions?

A repetition means that there are two sentences EXACTLY the same. Any difference in word order or even punctuation could exclude a segment from being a repetition.

This does not mean that you will not have matches during translation. This is another point.

Jia Deng wrote:
When I analysed a source text, which is a weather forecast, in a empty translation memory, the total repetitions were 22, which were between 0%--74%.


No. Repetitions total is completely different from 0%--74% total; the former should be 100% Exact matches when you complete the translation while the latter will offer "No Matches". But if you mean that they are part of 0%--74%, you are right because 100% matches stored in the TM currently selected during the Analysis process will not be counted as Repetitions.


I suggest you start translation and you should get enough matches if you see that there are many similarities in your file. You can lower the Fuzzy Match Threshold (Edit menu > Preferences > Translation Memory > Fuzzy Match Threshold > 40) to get more matches, if possible.

You can also activate Global Auto-Propagation to handle repetitions faster.


I hope this helps. If you have any further questions, please let me know.


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Best regards,
Yasmin Moslem

Wordfast Support Team
www.wordfast.com | www.wordfast.net


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Thank you very much. Dec 6, 2010

Thank you very much.

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