An Evaluation of the Accuracy of Online Translation Systems

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Vol: 9, Issue: 4

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Aiken, Milam; Ghosh, Kaushik; Wee, John; Vanjani, Mahesh
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Until fairly recently, translation among a large variety of natural languages has been difficult and costly. Now, several free, Web-based machine translation (MT) services can provide support, but relatively little research has been conducted on their accuracies. A study of four of these services using German-to-English and Spanish-to-English translations showed that Google Translate appeared to be superior. Further study using this system alone showed that while translations were not always perfect, their understandability was quite high.