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Bleu: a Method for Automatic Evaluation of Machine Translation

Human evaluations of machine translation are extensive but expensive. Human evaluations can take months to finish and involve human labor that can not be reused. We propose a method of automatic machine translation evaluation that is quick, inexpensive, and language-independent, that correlates highly with human evaluation, and that has little marginal cost per run. We present this method as an automated understudy to skilled human judges which substitutes for them when there is need for quick or frequent evaluations.

By: Kishore Papineni, Salim Roukos, Todd Ward, Wei-Jing Zhu

Published in: RC22176 in 2001

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