Computer Science Department
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


Feasibility Study of Personal/Interactive Machine Translation Systems


Masaru Tomita

July 1985 oot To be presented at the "Conference on Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Machine Translation of Natural Languages", Colgate University, August 1985.

Most existing practical machine translation systems are designed to translate documentation, such as technical papers and manuals. However, there is a growing need for translating not only large texts but also personal short texts such as letters and informal messages. The conventional machine translation systems, which are intended to translate large texts, are not very suitable for these kinds of small jobs. We need an interactive system which has a totally different design philosophy. This paper describes the design philosophy of a personal/interactive machine translation system, and studies its feasibility.

12 pages

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