State of the Machine Translation (January 2019)

Konstantin Savenkov

CEO and Сo-founder of Intento

Almost every MT vendor put something under the Christmas tree. Let’s unbox the gifts and see how good they are! Some highlights:

  • 📦 We have added two cool NMT engines for quantitative evaluation: ModernMT and SDL BeGlobal, while SMT from Microsoft and IBM were officially deprecated.
  • 📊 PROMT finally rolled out NMT for Russian, Tencent improved a lot in Russian and German, Yandex — in Japanese, Portuguese, German, and Chinese, Baidu — in English and Russian, Systran PNMT got a boost in almost every pair they support.
  • 💸 Yandex also cut their price 50% (to ~$7), making them an optimal choice for many cases.
  • 🌏 Amazon, DeepL, IBM, Microsoft, and Youdao increased their language coverage.
  • 🏆 “The best engine” changed for 21 language pairs: there are still 9 required to get the best quality for all pairs, but those 9 are very different from July!

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Hope you may see this animated GIF, which shows how much things changed over just 5 months:

Also, we decided to show the inner guts of this “best engine” rankings (but this one requires a high level of color sensitivity):

It’s interesting that compared to July 2018, the first prizes are distributed much more evenly between the competing MT solutions.

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