Unsupervised Parallel Corpus Mining on Web Data [article]

Guokun Lai, Zihang Dai, Yiming Yang
2020 arXiv   pre-print
With a large amount of parallel data, neural machine translation systems are able to deliver human-level performance for sentence-level translation. However, it is costly to label a large amount of parallel data by humans. In contrast, there is a large-scale of parallel corpus created by humans on the Internet. The major difficulty to utilize them is how to filter them out from the noise website environments. Current parallel data mining methods all require labeled parallel data as the training
more » ... source. In this paper, we present a pipeline to mine the parallel corpus from the Internet in an unsupervised manner. On the widely used WMT'14 English-French and WMT'16 English-German benchmarks, the machine translator trained with the data extracted by our pipeline achieves very close performance to the supervised results. On the WMT'16 English-Romanian and Romanian-English benchmarks, our system produces new state-of-the-art results, 39.81 and 38.95 BLEU scores, even compared with supervised approaches.
arXiv:2009.08595v1 fatcat:jwfgwptdkzfipbmr6vdhl23zjy