Coverage-based Neural Machine Translation

Zhaopeng Tu, Zhengdong Lu, Yang Liu, Xiaohua Liu, Hang Li

Feb 15, 2016 (modified: Feb 15, 2016) ICLR 2016 workshop submission readers: everyone
  • Abstract: Attention mechanism advanced state-of-the-art neural machine translation (NMT) by jointly learning to align and translate. However, attentional NMT ignores past alignment information, which leads to over-translation and under-translation problems. In response to this problem, we maintain a coverage vector to keep track of the attention history. The coverage vector is fed to the attention model to help adjust the future attention, which guides NMT to pay more attention to the untranslated source words. Experiments show that coverage-based NMT significantly improves both translation and alignment qualities over NMT without coverage.
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