Software learns to translate by reading up

Highlight — Translation software that develops an understanding of languages by scanning through thousands of previously translated documents has been released by US researchers.

Quoting the New Scientist story:

Translation software that develops an understanding of languages by scanning through thousands of previously translated documents has been released by US researchers. (…)

The key to their “statistical machine translation software” are the translation dictionaries, patterns and rules – translation parameters – that the program develops. It does this by creating many different possible translation parameters based on previously translated documents and then ranking them probabilistically.