zmifanva - Lojban ↔ English Machine Translation Engine

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Masato Hagiwara

Dec 25, 2015, 10:21:12 PM12/25/15
coi ro do 

I'm happy to announce the Lojban ↔ English Machine Translation Engine zmifanva:

This is a 'real' translation engine (as opposed to glossing), which is to try to give translation results that are as natural as possible.

Let me know what you think :)


Pierre Abbat

Dec 27, 2015, 2:37:19 AM12/27/15
Tried a sentence anciently used for such programs:
lo mirli cu cadzu nerkla lo ricfoi
The deer is walked into the woods.

The gostak pelled at the fostin lutt for darfs for her martle plave.
The darfs had smibbed, the lutt was thale, and the pilter had nothing snave.

Michael Turniansky

Aug 16, 2016, 3:45:09 PM8/16/16
  This is a good attempt, but I think it unfortunately suffers from too small a corpus.  Also, one weird side effect of your method is that every "la" followed by a name that it doesn't recognize comes out translated as "Tom "+name (e.g "la ionas cu klama lo zarci" -> "Tom ionas is going to the market".

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Aug 16, 2016, 3:56:10 PM8/16/16
to mriste

I agree. ZmiFanva is a great idea, but it skips on the great opportunities Lojban has: defined prepositions, and kind-of-a fill-in-the-blanks approach.

We can have (or generate, we already have the data needed) definitions like (here for «fanva»):

translate: [translator] x1 * [translated text] x2 from[/source language] x3 to[/target language] x4 as[/result] x5

(The asterisk stands for the verb.)

Then, all of 'I translate this', 'I translate to Lojban', 'English is the source language' and 'He translates with this result' could be easily fit into the patterns above.

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