What is machine translation?
Machine translation (MT) is the automatic translation of a text into another language using computer software. Human interaction is dispensed with. Various translation methods are used in machine translation.
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Neural machine translation is a technology based on networks of artificial neurons. The system detects correlations between the source and target language and can thus predict the probability of a certain word sequence.
There are various providers of translation programs that work with different methods. Some software breaks down each sentence word by word and looks them up in the dictionary. The most widespread method today, however, is neural machine translation, which can use artificial intelligence to make statements about the probability of a phrase being used. This system is used by leading translation services such as Google Translate or Bing. The provider DeepL has further developed the technology for itself.
Machine translation systems are a good way to have many words translated cheaply in a short time. Nevertheless, you should realise that this method cannot compete with human translation in terms of quality.
Where automatic translations do not yet meet all requirements in terms of quality, post editing, i.e. subsequent revision of the text by a human, can close the gap. Texts with simple vocabulary, short sentences and few convolutions are particularly suitable for this. Post-editing delivers high-quality results and saves time and costs.