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Machine Translation

How is machine translation typically used?

Machine translation is highly appealing when its quality is acceptable for some purpose with little or no human revision. But slow down! Nine chances out of ten, machine translation will not work for you! I base that estimate on the fact that, currently, machine translation is used for less than ten percent of the publication quality translation produced worldwide each year. This figure is hard to measure, but few would claim that it is over ten percent. Why is this so? We will begin to answer this question by suggestion that for machine translation to be appropriate, it must be sitting on a stable "tripod".

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