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Composed, Distributed Reflections on Semantics and Statistical Machine Translation

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Instances of successful application of explicit lexical and compositional semantic analysis to statistical machine translation (SMT) have been few and far between. Recent work on incorporating ideas from deep learning into SMT have lead to consistently impressive gains in translation accuracy, however, and “semantics” is now the talk of the town in NLP . In this talk, I will reflect on the rare instances of successful incorporation of lexical semantics in MT research, and the past failures of SMT at incorporating semantics. I will then go on to suggest different ways in which distributed semantic approaches can be incorporated into MT research, as well as (wildly) speculate on fresh directions for distributed semantic research that I believe will have even greater impact on MT.

This talk is part of the NLIP Seminar Series series.

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