Semantic Roles for SMT: A Hybrid Two-Pass Model


We present results on a novel hybrid semantic SMT model that incorporates the strengths of both semantic role labeling and phrase-based statistical machine translation. The approach avoids major complexity limitations via a two-pass architecture. The first pass is performed using a conventional phrase-based SMT model. The second pass is performed by a re-ordering strategy guided by shallow semantic parsers that produce both semantic frame and role labels. Evaluation on a Wall Street Journal newswire genre test set showed the hybrid model to yield an improvement of roughly half a point in BLEU score over a strong pure phrase-based SMT baseline – to our knowledge, the first successful application of semantic role labeling to SMT.

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@inproceedings{Wu2009SemanticRF, title={Semantic Roles for SMT: A Hybrid Two-Pass Model}, author={Dekai Wu and Pascale Fung}, booktitle={HLT-NAACL}, year={2009} }