Statistical Machine Translation

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Statistical Machine Translation

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Computer Info Systems, Computer Science, Statistics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course introduces the fundamentals of statistical machine translation.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Discuss the challenges associated with machine translation
    2. Explain the noisy channel model underpinning statistical machine translation
    3. Demonstrate how a statistical translation model can be inferred from a parallel corpus of texts using unsupervised machine learning techniques
    4. Explain the concept of statistical language modelling and how it fits in to the basic SMT architecture
    5. Explain the concept of decoding and be in a position to implement a beam decoder
    6. Evaluate a statistical machine translation system using at least one automatic metric
    7. Demonstrate a knowledge of the state-of-the-art in statistical machine translation
    8. Train, test and evaluate MT systems using the open-source Moses toolkit
    9. Implement a language modeller (including smoothing) and a basic word aligner

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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