Monday, September 21, 2020
Home Business What is Machine Translation and How Can It Help Online Businesses?

What is Machine Translation and How Can It Help Online Businesses?

Georgetown University and IBM teamed to create a public demonstration of Machine Translation in the early 50s

The concept of machine translation has been around for a while. First established as a branch of computational linguistics, the idea of this type of translation has been around since the 17th century. But the field of machine translation began to gather steam in the early 50s when Georgetown University and IBM teamed to create a public demonstration of the concept.

A simple explanation is that this type of translation is merely an algorithm, like any other computer program. But unlike other computer programs, this algorithm has to adapt itself to the ever-evolving subject of language. It has to learn to perform its functions accurately while adapting to changes in the world’s languages.

Languages continue to evolve as the world changes. It’s why dictionaries need to be revised continually. As words are revised, and the meanings of some words can change depending on the context of the sentence, it presents challenges for even the most skillful translator.

Follow NewsGram on Twitter to stay updated about the World news.

This type of technology is always learning by constant repetition and continuous input. The learning algorithm is complicated in its functions, but understandable even to the layman because of an accurate model that was introduced back in 1968.

What is Machine Translation
This type of technology is always learning by constant repetition and continuous input. Pinterest

Explanatory Model

The model visualized a triangle with the wide end on the bottom and the pointy end on top. Each translation has a source sentence in the original language that is represented by the left side of the triangle. It also has a target sentence that is in the intended language. This is represented by the right side of the triangle.

The narrower top end of the triangle represents the basic translation functions. Matching nouns to nouns, verbs to verbs and articles to articles. As the triangle widens, it represents the more complicated functions that are handled after the simple functions – matching adverbs to verbs, pronouns to nouns and so on.

This algorithm can have many levels of translation, depending on the complexity of the language, whether its alphabet or character-based and the complexity of matching one language with another. For instance, translating from English to German is relatively simple because of the commonality of the two languages. But translating Chinese into Arabic can take many complex steps because the two languages have nothing in common.

How Machine Learning Can Help Online Businesses

Most people who have used the internet a lot, have experienced using Google Translate. This is the world’s most widely used machine translation program.

What is Machine Translation
Google Translate provides a general, written translation. Wikimedia Commons

Also Read: 70% Organizations Feel Half of Their Workforce Will Turn Digital Post Pandemic

But Google Translate provides a general, written translation. Companies can invest in translation programs that are programmed to learn spoken words and translate them instantly into another language. This ability makes centrally-located customer service centers possible.

By employing this type of technology, a Japanese customer service representative can answer questions from a Portuguese-speaking customer in real-time.

Machine translation is something that every company seeking to conduct business online as their primary business model should investigate. It will be the communication tool of the future that enables true globalization.

[Disclaimer: The article published above promotes links of commercial interests.]

STAY CONNECTED

19,148FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,774FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Pandemic To Increase Child Labour, Trafficking & Slavery: Satyarthi

The COVID-19 pandemic will result in "most definite and substantial increase" in child labour, child trafficking and slavery across the world, warned Nobel Laureate...

Wooden Puppets Will Enact Ramlila In Varanasi This Year

The world famous Ramlila in Varanasi will not be held this year due to the pandemic but the tradition will not be broken either. Wooden...

Guidelines For Disposal Of Cigarette Butts Within 3 Months To Be Layed Down

The National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication on Sunday welcomed the direction of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)...

Actress Malaika Arora Feels Blessed To Overcome Covid-19

Actress Malaika Arora says she feels blessed to have overcome Covid-19 with minimum pain. Malaika, who tested positive earlier this month, took to Instagram to...

UN World Leaders To Make Efforts To Address Global Challenges

Ahead of the high-level meetings of the UN scheduled for Monday, the international community expects world leaders to make collective efforts to address global...

We Are Here to Serve Our Farmers: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday again sought to assure the opposition on minimum support price (MSP) and to allay the fears of farmers...

Climate Change Threatens Health, Future of All Children, Adolescents

Many wealthy nations are letting the world's younger generations down by failing to curb planet-warming emissions, a U.N.-backed report said Wednesday, warning climate change...

Here’s the First Picture of Another Solar System

The European Southern Observatory has released the first image ever captured by a telescope of multiple planets orbiting around a sun-like star, just like...

Recent Comments

Donate to NewsGram to support quality journalism.
x