Web: Google Translation

Google has done something that I also had an idea to do. Make a language translator by looking at already translated documents and using statistical methods to convert one to the other. They are doing this by using United Nations transcripts as the corpus, which are professionally translated to multiple languages:

This article describes how Google may completely change the web using this technology (basically, everything will appear to be in your native language). I can tell you from experience that Brazilians are loath to read English sites, especially if a Portuguese site is also available. I don't blame them, I don't like reading Portuguese, French or German sites either. I sometimes read English news about events in Brazil, how twisted is that?
There's also a SlashDot link and some technical details at John Hopkins.


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