Zero-shot Dual Machine TranslationDownload PDF

Sep 27, 2018 (edited Dec 21, 2018)ICLR 2019 Conference Blind SubmissionReaders: Everyone
  • Abstract: Neural Machine Translation (NMT) systems rely on large amounts of parallel data.This is a major challenge for low-resource languages. Building on recent work onunsupervised and semi-supervised methods, we present an approach that combineszero-shot and dual learning. The latter relies on reinforcement learning, to exploitthe duality of the machine translation task, and requires only monolingual datafor the target language pair. Experiments on the UN corpus show that a zero-shotdual system, trained on English-French and English-Spanish, outperforms by largemargins a standard NMT system in zero-shot translation performance on Spanish-French (both directions). We also evaluate onnewstest2014. These experimentsshow that the zero-shot dual method outperforms the LSTM-based unsupervisedNMT system proposed in (Lample et al., 2018b), on the en→fr task, while onthe fr→en task it outperforms both the LSTM-based and the Transformers-basedunsupervised NMT systems.
  • Keywords: unsupervised, machine translation, dual learning, zero-shot
  • TL;DR: A multilingual NMT model with reinforcement learning (dual learning) aiming to improve zero-shot translation directions.
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