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WMT-Trans 2014 : Translation Shared Task at WMT 2014


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Submission Deadline Apr 1, 2014
Notification Due Apr 21, 2014
Final Version Due Apr 28, 2014
Categories    NLP   natural language processing

Call For Papers

Important Dates for Shared Task:

Release of training data for translation task Early December 2013
Release of training data for quality estimation task January 15, 2014
Test set distributed for translation task February 24, 2014
Submission deadline for translation task February 28, 2014

Paper submission deadline April 1, 2014
Notification of acceptance April 21, 2014
Camera-ready deadline April 28, 2014

The recurring translation task of the WMT workshops focuses mainly on European language pairs, but this year we have introduced English-Hindi as an experimental, low resource language pair. Translation quality will be evaluated on a shared, unseen test set of news stories. We provide a parallel corpus as training data, a baseline system, and additional resources for download. Participants may augment the baseline system or use their own system.


The goals of the shared translation task are:

To investigate the applicability of current MT techniques when translating into languages other than English
To examine special challenges in translating between European languages, including word order differences and morphology
To investigate the translation of low-resource, morphologically rich languages
To create publicly available corpora for machine translation and machine translation evaluation
To generate up-to-date performance numbers for European languages in order to provide a basis of comparison in future research
To offer newcomers a smooth start with hands-on experience in state-of-the-art statistical machine translation methods
We hope that both beginners and established research groups will participate in this task.

We provide training data for five language pairs, and a common framework (including a baseline system). The task is to improve methods current methods. This can be done in many ways. For instance participants could try to:

improve word alignment quality, phrase extraction, phrase scoring
add new components to the open source software of the baseline system
augment the system otherwise (e.g. by preprocessing, reranking, etc.)
build an entirely new translation systems
Participants will use their systems to translate a test set of unseen sentences in the source language. The translation quality is measured by a manual evaluation and various automatic evaluation metrics. Participants agree to contribute to the manual evaluation about eight hours of work.
You may participate in any or all of the following language pairs:

For all language pairs we will test translation in both directions. To have a common framework that allows for comparable results, and also to lower the barrier to entry, we provide a common training set and baseline system.
We also strongly encourage your participation, if you use your own training corpus, your own sentence alignment, your own language model, or your own decoder.

If you use additional training data or existing translation systems, you must flag that your system uses additional data. We will distinguish system submissions that used the provided training data (constrained) from submissions that used significant additional data resources. Note that basic linguistic tools such as taggers, parsers, or morphological analyzers are allowed in the constrained condition.

Your submission report should highlight in which ways your own methods and data differ from the standard task. We may break down submitted results in different tracks, based on what resources were used. We are mostly interested in submission that are constraint to the provided training data, so that the comparison is focused on the methods, not on the data used. You may submit contrastive runs to demonstrate the benefit of additional training data.

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