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Rule Filtering by Pattern for Efficient Hierarchical Translation.

Conference: EACL 2009, 12th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of the Conference, March 30 - April3, 2009, Athens, Greece
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ABSTRACT We describe refinements to hierarchical translation search procedures intended to reduce both search errors and memory us- age through modifications to hypothesis expansion in cube pruning and reductions in the size of the rule sets used in transla- tion. Rules are put into syntactic classes based on the number of non-terminals and the pattern, and various filtering strate- gies are then applied to assess the impact on translation speed and quality. Results are reported on the 2008 NIST Arabic-to- English evaluation task. lation. Memory usage can be reduced in cube pruning (Chiang, 2007) through smart memoiza- tion, and spreading neighborhood exploration can be used to reduce search errors. However, search errors can still remain even when implementing simple phrase-based translation. We describe a 'shallow' search through hierarchical rules which greatly speeds translation without any effect on quality. We then describe techniques to analyze and reduce the set of hierarchical rules. We do this based on the structural properties of rules and develop strategies to identify and remove redun- dant or harmful rules. We identify groupings of rules based on non-terminals and their patterns and assess the impact on translation quality and com- putational requirements for each given rule group. We find that with appropriate filtering strategies rule sets can be greatly reduced in size without im- pact on translation performance.

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