International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT) 2008

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
October 20-21, 2008

The RWTH Machine Translation System for IWSLT 2008

David Vilar, Daniel Stein, Yuqi Zhang, Evgeny Matusov, Arne Mauser, Oliver Bender, Saab Mansour, Hermann Ney

Human Language Technology and Pattern Recognition, Lehrstuhl für Informatik 6, Computer Science Department, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

RWTH's system for the 2008 IWSLT evaluation consists of a combination of different phrase-based and hierarchical statistical machine translation systems. We participated in the translation tasks for the Chinese-to-English and Arabic-to-English language pairs. We investigated different preprocessing techniques, reordering methods for the phrase-based system, including reordering of speech lattices, and syntax-based enhancements for the hierarchical systems. We also tried the combination of the Arabic-to-English and Chinese-to-English outputs as an additional submission.

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Bibliographic reference.  Vilar, David / Stein, Daniel / Zhang, Yuqi / Matusov, Evgeny / Mauser, Arne / Bender, Oliver / Mansour, Saab / Ney, Hermann (2008): "The RWTH machine translation system for IWSLT 2008", In IWSLT-2008, 108-115.