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Hello Daniel Brockmann
I have used NMT for almost two months now and I can confirm that it is far superior to the old AdaptiveMT. Wow!
One thing that is puzzling me though, is how does NMT learn from my translations, or does it?
I have the "Update" box ticked next to "SDL Language Cloud" (in Project settings\All language pairs\Translation Memory and Automated Translation) but the NMT engine doesn’t seem to ’learn’ anything from my translation. For example I am working on a large translation and the term "OECM" is being used hundreds of times, and yet, the NMT keeps giving me the wrong acronym in French even though I correct it each time.
In a way I am not too surprised that the NMT isn’t learning properly as this type of AT no longer uses Adaptive engines. However, I am wondering what purpose the ticked "update" box serve. Is it just used to feed back to the SDL database to improve the NMT at a later stage? It would be interesting to know.
Now the big question: is there any scope for NMT to work with Adaptive engines in the future? (apologies if this question sounds silly but I have no idea how NMT is programmed...).
If NMT could learn from my own translations I can’t begin to imagine what tremendous potential this would have, especially combined with Termbases and TMs.
By the way, if you set up a beta group to test NMT from English into French, you can count me in!
SDL Machine Translation Cloud, provisioned through SDL Language Cloud and Trados Studio connector, currently does not learn from your translation edits done in in Trados Studio interface.
In the future, we do plan to enable a real-time adaptation based on user translation edits (like AdaptiveMT) to our neural machine translation offering with SDL Machine Translation Cloud. More details TBA regarding release date, availability of connectors and subscription.
One of the features that we have in SDL Machine Translation Cloud, called "Dictionary", would be able to help with the specific translation issue you raised above ("OECM"). This feature is described here: https://docs.sdl.com/LiveContent/content/en-US/SDL%20BeGlobal%20Online%20Help-v1/GUID-C0E595E6-28F5-4C59-8BBB-CAF8620FB4FA. However, you do need to upgrade to a paid SDL MT Cloud subscription to have access to the feature. Any SDL sales rep will be able to help you should you have more questions about your upgrade options.
Semi-related to your question is this post here: https://community.sdl.com/product-groups/machine_translation/cloud/f/general/28186/adaptivemt-vs-nmt.
Hello Quinn Lam
Thank you very much for your detailed reply and the two links. This sounds very promising.
I look forward to finding out more about the real-time adaptation based on user translation edits. I am not sure how this will be announced so perhaps you could post a link in this thread when you have more details.