[Corpora-List] Call for Participation: WMT 2021 Machine Translation using Terminologies

Philipp Koehn phi at jhu.edu
Sat Apr 24 00:03:43 CEST 2021

WMT 2021 Shared Task: Machine Translation using Terminologies

*November 10-11 , 2021Punta Cana, Dominican Republic*

Language domains that require very careful use of terminology are abundant. The need to adequately translate within such domains is undeniable, as shown by e.g. the different WMT shared tasks on biomedical translation.

More interestingly, as the abundance of research on domain adaptation shows, such language domains are (a) not adequately covered by existing data and models, while (b) new (or “surge”) domains arise and models need to be adapted, often with significant downstream implications: consider the new COVID-19 domain and the large efforts for translation of critical information regarding pandemic handling and infection prevention strategies.

In the case of newly developed domains, while parallel data are hard to come by, it is fairly straightforward to create word- or phrase-level terminologies, which can be used to guide professional translators and ensure both accuracy and consistency.

This shared task will replicate such a scenario, and invites participants to explore methods to incorporate terminologies into either the training or the inference process, in order to improve both the accuracy and consistency of MT systems on a new domain. IMPORTANT DATES Release of training data and terminologies April 2021 Surprise languages announced: June 28, 2021 Test set available July 19, 2021 Submission of translations July 23, 2021 System descriptions due August 5, 2021 Camera-ready for system descriptions September 15, 2021 Conference in Punta Cana November 10-11, 2021SETTINGSIn this shared task, we will distinguish submissions that use the terminology only at inference time (e.g., for constrained decoding or something similar) and submissions that use the terminology at training time (e.g., for data selection, data augmentation, explicit training, etc). Note that basic linguistic tools such as taggers, parsers, or morphological analyzers are allowed in the constrained condition.

The submission report should highlight in which ways participants’ methods and data differ from the standard MT approach. They should make clear which tools were used, and which training sets were used. LANGUAGE PAIRSThe shared task will focus on four language pairs, with systems evaluated:

- English to French

- English to Chinese

- Two surprise language pairs English-X (announced 3 weeks before the

evaluation deadline)

We will provide training/development data and terminologies for the above language pairs. Test sets will be released at the beginning of the evaluation period. The goal of this setting (with both development and surprise language pairs) is to avoid approaches that overfit on language selection, and instead evaluate the more realistic scenario of needing to tackle the new domain in a new language in a limited amount of time. The surprise language pairs will be announced 3 weeks before the start of the evaluation campaigns. At the same time we will provide training data and terminologies for the surprise language pairs.

You may participate in any or all of the language pairs. ORGANIZERSAntonis Anastasopoulos, George Mason University Md Mahfuz ibn Alam, George Mason University Laurent Besacier, NAVER James Cross, Facebook Georgiana Dinu, AWS Marcello Federico, AWS Matthias Gallé, NAVER Philipp Koehn, Facebook / Johns Hopkins University Vassilina Nikoulina, NAVER Kweon Woo Jung, NAVER -------------- next part -------------- A non-text attachment was scrubbed... Name: not available Type: text/html Size: 6229 bytes Desc: not available URL: <https://mailman.uib.no/public/corpora/attachments/20210423/03c64979/attachment.txt>

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