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Princeton's WordNet

  1. machine translation, MT(noun)

    the use of computers to translate from one language to another

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  1. machine translation(Noun)

    The act of translating something by means of a machine, especially a computer.

  2. machine translation(Noun)

    The act of translating a computer language into a form more directly usable by the computer.

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  1. Machine translation

    Machine translation, sometimes referred to by the abbreviation MT is a sub-field of computational linguistics that investigates the use of software to translate text or speech from one natural language to another. On a basic level, MT performs simple substitution of words in one natural language for words in another, but that alone usually cannot produce a good translation of a text, because recognition of whole phrases and their closest counterparts in the target language is needed. Solving this problem with corpus and statistical techniques is a rapidly growing field that is leading to better translations, handling differences in linguistic typology, translation of idioms, and the isolation of anomalies. Current machine translation software often allows for customization by domain or profession, improving output by limiting the scope of allowable substitutions. This technique is particularly effective in domains where formal or formulaic language is used. It follows that machine translation of government and legal documents more readily produces usable output than conversation or less standardised text.

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