Maximize Your Productivity with Effective Machine Translation Post-Editing

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Machine Translation Post-Editing
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Translation quality assurance

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Start time:May 12, 2015 15:00 GMT     Add to calendar

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Summary:You will learn the key principles of effective practical post-editing of machine translation output to increase translation speed, offering competitive rates without sacrificing the quality of the final product.
This course explains how translators, LSPs and project managers can maximize their productivity with practical effective machine translation (MT) post-editing (PE). Special emphasis is placed on the differences between the skills required to revise the work of junior translators on the one hand, and those that are vital to correct MT output on the other, as this is the key to the successful adoption of MT in professional environments. The focus is on the linguistic and translation-related phenomena that are particularly challenging for MT systems of different types (rule-based, statistical or hybrid).
The differences between light and full PE are explained, in relation to different quality needs. MT is now a viable technology for an increasing number of language pairs and in a variety of technical and specialized domains: you will learn how to incorporate PE into your translation workflow to maximize productivity. The connections between using CAT tools (in particular translation memory) and post-editing MT output are discussed.
Target audience
- Translators starting in the industry who want to develop much sought-after professional skills
- Experienced professionals (both freelance and in-house) wishing to expand their skill set to offer post-editing services
- Translation project managers
- LSPs and translation agencies
- Localization vendors
Learning objectives
In this course you will:

- learn the principles of practical effective PE for the output of different types of MT systems (rule-based, statistical, hybrid)
- understand how to quickly assess the viability of carrying out full MT PE, based on the initial quality of the raw MT output
- develop an awareness of linguistic and translation-related phenomena that are particularly challenging for MT systems of different types
- familiarize yourself with key PE techniques to optimize translation speed, reducing turnaround times without compromising on the final translation quality
- Willingness to learn practical machine translation post-editing techniques
- English as one of your working languages (source or target)
- Experience in technical/specialized translation is desirable
- Familiarity with CAT tools (in particular translation memory software) is an advantage, but not essential
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- Differences between revising human translations and correcting raw MT output
- Types and levels of PE depending on translation quality needs
- How to quickly assess the viability of raw MT output produced by different types of MT systems for full PE
- Practical PE techniques to maximize productivity
- Successful integration of translation memory use and MT PE
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• Required: OS X 10.7 Lion, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.9 Mavericks and 10.10 Yosemite
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Federico Gaspari    View feedback | View all courses
Bio: Federico Gaspari is associate professor of English linguistics and translation studies at the University for Foreigners ‘Dante Alighieri’ of Reggio Calabria (Italy), where he is coordinator of the two-year Masters-level Programme in ‘Interpreting and Cross-Cultural Mediation Studies’ and director of the ‘Dante Alighieri’ University Language Centre. Since 2010 he has been a visiting postdoctoral researcher at Dublin City University (Ireland), where he has worked on 4 European research projects focusing on machine translation evaluation (CoSyne, QTLaunchPad, MLi and currently TraMOOC).

After graduating in translation studies from the University of Bologna at Forlì (Italy) he completed an MSc and a PhD in machine translation at the University of Manchester (UK) and has held lecturing and research positions at the Universities of Manchester, Salford, Bologna at Forlì and Macerata. His teaching and research interests include translation technologies (with a special focus on machine translation, post-editing and translation quality evaluation), technical and specialised translation, translation theory, corpus linguistics, corpus-based translation studies and English linguistics. He has published widely on these subjects and is a regular speaker at international conferences on these topics.
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