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Pivot language determination system

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012014D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Apr-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Apr-02

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This application describes a means to best determine the translation path from source to target, through a pivot language, or multiple pivot languages, based on cost and estimated semantic degradation (and optionally, estimated turnaround time). Where a number of translation options exist for a given source-translation pair, each can be searched for appropriateness with regard to price/degradation, optionally given a particular content type. A repository is provided where estimated language degradation on a language-pair basis can be provided, so that the total pivot language degradation can be calculated. This can be allied to the cost of translation (on a language-pair basis) to calculate the total cost/degradation. A final repository is also provided where language translation path (eg. English->Japanese->Korean) information is stored and can be updated based on experience. This system allows both approximate determination and tracking of cost/degradation of translation though one or more pivot languages.