Simon Corston-Oliver and Michael Gamon
German has a richer system of inflectional morphology than English, which causes problems for current approaches to statistical word alignment. Using Giza++ as a reference implementation of the IBM Model 1, an HMM-based alignment and IBM Model 4, we measure the impact of normalizing inflectional morphology on German-English statistical word alignment. We demonstrate that normalizing inflectional morphology improves the perplexity of models and reduces alignment errors.
Publisher Association for Machine Translation in the Americas
Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004