Date of Original Version

10-2010

Type

Conference Proceeding

Journal Title

Proceedings of the Ninth Biennial Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas

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Copyright 2010 AMTA

Abstract or Description

This paper investigates varying the decoder weight of the language model (LM) when translating different parts of a sentence. We determine the condition under which the LM weight should be adapted. We find that a better translation can be achieved by varying the LM weight when decoding the most problematic spot in a sentence, which we refer to as a difficult segment. Two adaptation strategies are proposed and compared through experiments. We find that adapting a different LM weight for every difficult segment resulted in the largest improvement in translation quality

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Proceedings of the Ninth Biennial Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas.