Language Portability for Dialogue Systems: Translating a Question-Answering System from English into Tamil (bibtex)
by Satheesh Ravi, Ron Artstein
Abstract:
A training and test set for a dialogue system in the form of linked questions and responses is translated from English into Tamil. Accuracy of identifying an appropriate response in Tamil is 79\%, compared to the English accuracy of 89\%, suggesting that translation can be useful to start up a dialogue system. Machine translation of Tamil inputs into English also results in 79\% accuracy. However, machine translation of the English training data into Tamil results in a drop in accuracy to 54\% when tested on manually authored Tamil, indicating that there is still a large gap before machine translated dialogue systems can interact with human users.
Reference:
Language Portability for Dialogue Systems: Translating a Question-Answering System from English into Tamil (Satheesh Ravi, Ron Artstein), In Proceedings of the SIGDIAL 2016 Conference, Association for Computational Linguistics, 2016.
Bibtex Entry:
@inproceedings{ravi_language_2016,
	address = {Los Angeles, CA},
	title = {Language {Portability} for {Dialogue} {Systems}: {Translating} a {Question}-{Answering} {System} from {English} into {Tamil}},
	url = {http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W16-3614},
	abstract = {A training and test set for a dialogue system in the form of linked questions and responses is translated from English into Tamil. Accuracy of identifying an appropriate response in Tamil is 79\%, compared to the English accuracy of 89\%, suggesting that translation can be useful to start up a dialogue system. Machine translation of Tamil inputs into English also results in 79\% accuracy. However, machine translation of the English training data into Tamil results in a drop in accuracy to 54\% when tested on manually authored Tamil, indicating that there is still a large gap before machine translated dialogue systems can interact with human users.},
	booktitle = {Proceedings of the {SIGDIAL} 2016 {Conference}},
	publisher = {Association for Computational Linguistics},
	author = {Ravi, Satheesh and Artstein, Ron},
	month = sep,
	year = {2016},
	keywords = {UARC, Virtual Humans},
	pages = {111--116}
}
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