Systematic Comparison of Professional and Crowdsourced Reference Translations for Machine Translation

Rabih Zbib, Gretchen Markiewicz, Spyros Matsoukas, Richard Schwartz and John Makhoul

We present a systematic study of the effect of crowdsourced translations on Machine Translation performance. We compare Machine Translation systems trained on the same data but with translations obtained using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk vs. professional translations, and show that the same performance is obtained from Mechanical Turk translations at 1/5th the cost. We also show that adding a Mechanical Turk reference translation of the de- velopment set improves parameter tuning and output evaluation.

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