Machine Translation of Chinese to English from Microsoft
For me, one of the more enjoyable aspects of traveling in Belarus is that of the language. While a high percentage of the people there speak the national language of Belarussian, even more speak Russian. I am not fluent in Russian, but can obtain food and lodging, and transport and directions to sites of interest. Chinese? That’s a different story!
Researchers at Microsoft have created the first machine translation system that translates at a human level (human parity) from Chinese to English. As you can imagine this was no easy task. In fact over many years of effort the task proved to be so difficult that three separate teams worked to make the system more fluent and accurate, achieving a 5.1% error level. That’s accurate 94.9% of the time!
It is interesting to note that the various methods used to improve the system – dual learning, deliberation networks, joint training, and agreement regularization – enable functional learning similar to how humans would approach the same task. Read more →