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Which online translator works best

Neural networks continue to learn to better understand man. Now it concerns online translators from Yandex и Google.

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In 2018 year BBC Russian Service I checked which machine translation system would do better with New Year and Christmas greetings, as well as with familiar names of films and songs.

To begin with, the journalists decided to translate the famous phrase Let it snow! Both translators coped with this task.

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And how they will translate congratulations: Have yorself a merry little christmas... Correct translation "I wish you a Merry Christmas." Both services turned out to be far from ideal.

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The control task of the journalists decided to make the new year's anthem Rockin` Around Cristmas Tree. Correctly translated service Yandex.

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How did you achieve such accuracy of translation?

“Neural translation is smoother. It focuses more on grammar and considers context, ”says David Talbot, head of Yandex. Interpreter". - There is another approach - statistical. It is called “phrasal machine translation”. The combination of these approaches gives a very good result ”.

Neural networks seriously improve the quality of translation. Sometimes the result is very difficult to distinguish from real human speech. Like a human, a neural network can learn, but the human brain still processes language better than a network. One of the acute problems in this area is the lack of understanding by the neural network of ambiguous or short phrases taken out of context. These are often movie titles.

For example, for an online translator it may be a problem to translate the movie title Love actuallythat is not translated "love in fact", but true or real love.

Let's see how to cope with it. Google и Yandex.

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This time Google coped better.

Progress will not take long. But even when artificial intelligence will master natural languages ​​perfectly, we are unlikely to stop learning foreign languages. After all, it is fascinating, and develops the brain, I'm sure Devit Talbot.

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