Topic Models for Dynamic Translation Model Adaptation

TitleTopic Models for Dynamic Translation Model Adaptation
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsEidelman V, Boyd-Graber J, Resnik P
JournalAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Date Published2012///

We propose an approach that biases machine translation systems toward relevant transla- tions based on topic-specific contexts, where topics are induced in an unsupervised way using topic models; this can be thought of as inducing subcorpora for adaptation with- out any human annotation. We use these topic distributions to compute topic-dependent lex- ical weighting probabilities and directly in- corporate them into our translation model as features. Conditioning lexical probabilities on the topic biases translations toward topic- relevant output, resulting in significant im- provements of up to 1 BLEU and 3 TER on Chinese to English translation over a strong baseline.