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Semantic-based Malay-English translation using N-Gram model

Yusoff, Nooraini and Jamaludin, Zulikha and Yusoff, Muhammad Hilmi (2016) Semantic-based Malay-English translation using N-Gram model. Journal of Telecommunication, Electronic and Computer Engineering, 8 (10). pp. 117-123. ISSN 2180-1843

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Most of the existing machine translations are based on word-for-word translation.The major obstacle in developing such a system is natural language is not free from ambiguity problems. One word may have more than one semantic, and vice versa.Herein, we propose a semantic-based Malay-English translation using an n-gram model. The Malay-English translation is not a word-for-word basis but is dependent on the semantic meaning of the Malay phrase.In particular, a bigram is used to approximate the probability of a word by using the conditional probability of the preceding word. For this study, whenever the semantic ambiguity occurs, the English word with the highest probability value is chosen to translate the Malay word (or 2-sequence Malaysia word). The proposed technique has been tested with three categories of sentences namely easy, moderate and complex. The performance of the proposed Malay English translation is based on human judgement that demonstrates an averaged validity ratio of positive value. The positive value indicates that at least half of the respondents agreed that the translation outputs are at least “still make sense semantically”. The contribution of the proposed method can be ascribed to the enhancement of word-for-word translation for solving the ambiguity issue in Malay-English translation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Machine Transalation; Malay-English Translation; N-Gram; Semantic; Ambigous;
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: School of Computing
Depositing User: Dr. Nooraini Yusoff
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2017 02:01
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2017 02:01
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/20541

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