Neural machine translation

Neural machine translation (NMT) is a technique to translate one language to another language using neural network models. NMT uses a single neural network model to learn a statistical model for machine translation, which eliminates the need for a pipeline of specialized systems used in statistical machine learning. Unlike traditional phrase-based translation systems that consist of many small sub-components that are tuned separately, NMT attempts to build and train a single, large neural network that reads a sentence and outputs a correct translation. Therefore, NMT systems are said to be end-to-end systems as only one model is required for the translation.

NMT models typically model entire sentences in a single integrated model, and they require only a fraction of the memory needed by traditional statistical machine translation models. Furthermore, unlike conventional translation systems, all parts of the neural translation model are trained jointly (end-to-end) to maximize the translation performance. NMT uses deep neural networks to learn from existing translations and its own previous translations to constantly improve its output.

The neural network model used in NMT takes in a string of numbers as inputs and outputs a resulting string of numbers. The parameters of this neural network are created and adjusted during the training process, which involves feeding the network with a large dataset of parallel sentences in the source and target languages. The neural network learns to associate the input sentences with their corresponding translations by adjusting its parameters to minimize the difference between the predicted translations and the actual translations in the training data.

NMT has become the leading standard of translation technology, using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to process huge volumes of data to make decisions and improve results without human input.

What are the advantages of neural machine translation over traditional machine translation?

Neural machine translation (NMT) has several advantages over traditional machine translation methods. Here are some of the benefits of NMT:

However, it is important to note that NMT systems also have some limitations. For example, they may struggle with highly technical language or the use of rare words and proper nouns. Additionally, the source-text phrases need to be clear and coherent for a quality translation to be obtained