March 19, 1999

George Foster
Département d'informatique et recherche opérationnelle,
Université de Montréal, Montréal
(Currently at SITE, Ottawa)

Text Prediction for Translators

The TransType project at l'Université de Montréal aims at building a new kind of interactive tool for translators. The basic idea is to observe a translator at work and repeatedly propose extensions to the translation being typed, which can be incorporated into the text whenever desired. Our current prototype is a word-completion system based on statistical models of language and translation which is capable of correctly predicting about 70% of the characters in a typical translation. In this talk I will describe how the system works and discuss some recent research into improved statistical models.

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