The Challenge of Defining Translation Quality

The subject of “translation quality” has always been a challenging communication issue for the translation industry. It is particularly difficult to explain this concept in a straightforward way to an industry outsider or a customer whose primary focus is building business momentum in international markets, and who is not familiar with localization industry translation-quality-speak. Nowadays they tend to focus on creating and managing the dynamic and ever-changing content that enhances a global customer’s digital journey, rather than the static content that is the more typical focus of localization managers. Thus, the conventional way in which translation quality is discussed by…


As the world becomes more digital and the volume of mission-critical data flows continue to expand, it is becoming increasingly important for global enterprises to adapt to the rapid globalization, and the increasingly digital-first world we live in. As organizations change the way they operate, generate revenue and create value for their customers, new compliance risks are emerging — presenting a challenge to compliance, which must proactively monitor, identify, assess and mitigate risks like those tied to fundamentally new technologies and processes. Digital transformation is driven and enabled by data, and thus the value of data security and governance also…


As outlined in a previous post, the global data explosion is creating new challenges for the legal industry that requires balancing the use of emerging technologies and human resources in optimal ways to handle the data deluge effectively.

The continuing digital communication momentum and the much more rapid pace of globalization today often create specialized legal challenges. The rapid increase in global business interactions, varying regulatory laws, business practices, and cultural customs of international partners and competitors are confounding and often frustrating to participants. …


As we consider and look at the various forces impacting the legal industry today, we see several ongoing trends which are increasingly demanding more attention from both inside and outside counsel. These forces are:

The Digital Data Momentum

Increasing Concern for Data Security

The Growing Importance of Information Governance

Increasing Globalization

The Digital Data Momentum

Several studies by IDC, EMC and academics have predicted for years that we are facing an ever-growing data deluge and content explosion. The prediction that the digital universe will be 44 zettabytes by 2020 means little to most of us. But if you state that 500 million tweets, ~300…


MT is considered one of the most difficult problems in the general AI and machine learning field. In the field of artificial intelligence, the most difficult problems are informally known as AI-complete problems, implying that the difficulty of these computational problems is equivalent to that of solving the central artificial intelligence problem — that is, making computers as intelligent as people. It is no surprise that humankind has been working on this problem for almost 70 years now, and is still quite some distance from having solved this problem.

“To translate accurately, a machine must be able to understand the…


What is BLEU (Bilingual Evaluation Understudy)?

As the use of enterprise machine translation expands, it becomes increasingly more important for users and practitioners to understand MT quality issues in a relevant, meaningful, and accurate way.

The BLEU score is a string-matching algorithm that provides basic output quality metrics for MT researchers and developers. In this first post, we will review and look more closely at the BLEU score, which is probably the most widely used MT quality assessment metric in use by MT researchers and developers over the last 15 years. …


Happy New Year

This is yet another post on Blockchain, a guest post by Robert Etches who presents his vision of what Blockchain might be able to be in the translation industry. A vision, by definition, implies a series of possibilities, and in this case, quite revolutionary possibilities, but does not necessarily provide all the details of how and what. Of course, the way ahead is full of challenges and obstacles which are much more visible to us than the promised land, but I think it is wise to keep an open mind and watch the evolution even if we…


This is a slightly updated post that has been already published on the SDL site. The holiday season around the world today is often characterized by special holiday shopping events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These special promotional events generate peak shopping activity and are now increasingly becoming global events. They are also increasingly becoming a digital and online commerce phenomenon. This is especially true in the B2C markets but is also now often true in the B2B markets.

The numbers are in, and the most recent data is quite telling. The biggest U.S. retail shopping holiday of the…


This first post in an ongoing series takes a closer look at the emerging use and acceptance of machine translation (MT) in the Life Sciences industry. We take a look at the expanding role MT is likely to have in the industry over the coming years and explore some key use cases and applications. The Life Sciences industry, like every other industry today, feels the impact of the explosion of content and of the driving forces that compel the industry to use MT and machine learning (ML). The growth is caused by:

  • The volume of multilingual research impacting drug development

This is a reprint of a post published on the SDL website and closely related to a previous post on the difficulties and challenges of building Russian to English MT systems. Many may not be aware that several in the SDL MT team have very significant research and development credentials, and have pioneered the data-driven approaches to MT system development. They initially commercialized Statistical MT and the members of the original research team read like a Who’s Who in the MT research community. The original principals at Google MT and the developer of Moses both come from the original Language…

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