Layman’s introduction to statistical machine translation

A friend sent this link on statistical machine translation (SMT) to the computational linguistics mailing list.  It’s a great introduction to machine translation, although the picture they paint of rule-based MT is bleaker than it really is, just as their depiction of SMT is a little rosier than it is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GdSC1Z1Kzs

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