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Statistical Machine Translation


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Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Foundations: 1. Introduction; 2. Words, sentences, corpora; 3. Probability theory; Part II. Core Methods: 4. Word-based models; 5. Phrase-based models; 6. Decoding; 7. Language models; 8. Evaluation; Part III. Advanced Topics: 9. Discriminative training; 10. Integrating linguistic information; 11. Tree-based models; Bibliography; Author index; Index.

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This first textbook on statistical machine translation shows students and developers how to build an automatic language translation system.

About the Author

Philipp Koehn is a lecturer in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He is the scientific co-ordinator of the European EuroMatrix project and also involved in research funded by DARPA in the USA. He has also collaborated with leading companies in the field, such as Systran and Asia Online. He implemented the widely used decoder Pharoah, and is leading the development of the open source machine translation toolkit Moses.


'Philipp Koehn has provided the first comprehensive text for the rapidly growing field of statistical machine translation. This book is an invaluable resource for students, researchers, and software developers, providing a lucid and detailed presentation of all the important ideas needed to understand or create a state-of-the-art statistical machine translation system.' Robert C. Moore, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
'The book primarily represents an ideal introduction to the field of statistical machine translation, but also tackles many of the recent results in this area. It is the product of the many years of both active research and extensive teaching of the author ... Each chapter is additionally endowed with a summary, further reading and exercises, achieving thus completely the proposed goal of an accessible introduction to the statistical machine translation field. Apart from its formative role for beginners, the book also stands as a complete guide for researchers in a domain of high interest and rapid expansion ... For all these reasons, this book should be welcomed as a highly valuable publication.' Zentralblatt MATH
'... Statistical Machine Translation provides an excellent synthesis of a vast amount of literature (the bibliography section takes up 45 double-column pages) and presents it in a well-structured and articulate way. Moreover, the book has been class-tested and contains a set of exercises at the end of each chapter, as well as numerous references to open source tools and resources which enable the diligent reader to build MT systems for any language pair.' Target: International Journal of Translation Studies

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