MT with Subject Matter Expertise
Iconic Translation Machines Ltd. is a leading machine translation software and solutions provider who specialises in custom solutions tailored with subject matter expertise for specific industry sectors including legal, life sciences and financial services. We are the MT partner of choice for some of the world’s largest translation companies, information providers, and government and enterprise organisations, helping them to translate more content, more accurately and in less time, resulting in significant cost savings and increased revenue.
Our mission is to open up Machine Translation to new industries and technical content types that are not traditionally accessible to language technology. We aim to do this through our Ensemble Architecture™ approach to MT and, in doing this, we intend to lower the barrier for entry to adopting Machine Translation by making high-quality solutions instantly available and easy to use.
Why Iconic? Why now?
Machine Translation, or MT, is an enabling tool that is increasingly being factored into the decision making process of companies operating on a global scale. It’s a force multiplier for growth that increasingly enables companies to stay ahead of the competition. However, as an emerging technology, it has been plagued by false dawns perpetuated by vendors promising levels of quality that they could not deliver. Similarly, end-user experience has often been tainted as their first point of contact with MT has been generic online tools that are not fit for purpose. Our goal is to rectify this.
Extracting Value from MT
In order to get value from machine translation, systems need to be developed to deliver high-quality. However, achieving this is not easy and requires significant levels of expertise in a number of areas: linguistics, software development, the industry sector, and in the scientific approach underpinning machine translation engines.
This set of skills is not easy to come by, which is why many of the existing solutions in the marketplace cannot deliver on all that they might promise. This is where Iconic Translation Machines come in.
“No one-size-fits-all option”
At Iconic, we have developed proprietary intelligent technology that incorporates our Subject Matter Expertise for building high-quality Machine Translation systems. Our processes differ depending on the language, content type, and the style, ensuring that we translate the important content correctly. For example, in our patent translation solution for Simplified Chinese to English, our training and translation processes take into account not only the fact that the document is a patent, perhaps a chemical patent, but also a patent written in Simplified Chinese, and uses the processes adapted specifically for this content and language to ensure that elements such as amino acid sequences and Markush-type claims are properly treated. We call this technology the Ensemble Architecture™ and this is what sets Iconic apart from online and DIY solutions.
Check out this presentation on the factors influencing MT projects
8 Influencing Factors for MT Projects
There is no single MT solution that is applicable to all potential end user needs. We can even go so far as to say, for some projects, MT is not suitable. There are a number of factors to take into consideration when assessing a project – 8 in fact – and they are as follows:
- Language: some languages are more difficult for MT than others.
- Volume: volume can affect cost, very low volume might mean custom MT is not economical.
- Quality Requirements: expectations must be realistic, particularly depending on the language and content.
- Training Data: a certain amount of training data is required. The amount will impact quality.
- Content: some content types are more difficult than others.
- User Experience: the more experience you have adopting MT, the easier it will be.
- Integration Needs: complex integration and service level requirements can drive up costs.
- TM Leverage: the more leverage that comes from TMs, the less will come from MT for post-editing.
At Iconic, we work closely with our clients to determine each specific detail and requirement of a project at the outset. We draw upon years of experience in assessing, designing, and deploying translation technology solutions to provide an honest and upfront assessment as to the feasibility of a project from an MT perspective.
Each of the 8 factors is described in more detail in the presentation above. Alternatively, you can contact us and we will be happy to provide more information to assess whether MT is suitable for your particular requirements.
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