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Predicting Difficulty in Translation: A Pilot Study

Bram Vanroy (UGent) , Orphée De Clercq (UGent) and Lieve Macken (UGent)
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In this pilot study, we investigate a number of features that have been suggested as indicators of translation difficulty, namely error count, word translation entropy and syntactic equivalence. We correlate these product features with translation process features such as duration, editing, and gaze information. The dataset that we use contains both translations of professional translators and students. The product data contains manual error analyses of the translations as well as automatically calculated entropy values and syntactic reordering metrics whereas the process data consists of keystroke and eye tracking data together with general duration and pause information. In addition to correlations between product and process data, we also compared the datasets of the professional translators and students.
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translation, translation studies, translation difficulty, eye tracking, keystroke logging, lt3

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Vanroy, Bram, Orphée De Clercq, and Lieve Macken. 2018. “Predicting Difficulty in Translation: A Pilot Study.” In Proceedings of the Third Congress on Technological Innovation for Specialized Linguistic Domains, ed. Timothy Read, Salvador Montaner, and Beatriz Sedano, 163–174. Beau Bassin, Mauritius: Éditions Universitaires Européennes.
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Vanroy, B., De Clercq, O., & Macken, L. (2018). Predicting Difficulty in Translation: A Pilot Study. In T. Read, S. Montaner, & B. Sedano (Eds.), Proceedings of the Third Congress on Technological Innovation for Specialized Linguistic Domains (pp. 163–174). Presented at the Third Congress on Technological Innovation for Specialized Linguistic Domains, Beau Bassin, Mauritius: Éditions Universitaires Européennes.
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Vanroy B, De Clercq O, Macken L. Predicting Difficulty in Translation: A Pilot Study. In: Read T, Montaner S, Sedano B, editors. Proceedings of the Third Congress on Technological Innovation for Specialized Linguistic Domains. Beau Bassin, Mauritius: Éditions Universitaires Européennes; 2018. p. 163–74.
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Vanroy, Bram, Orphée De Clercq, and Lieve Macken. “Predicting Difficulty in Translation: A Pilot Study.” Proceedings of the Third Congress on Technological Innovation for Specialized Linguistic Domains. Ed. Timothy Read, Salvador Montaner, & Beatriz Sedano. Beau Bassin, Mauritius: Éditions Universitaires Européennes, 2018. 163–174. Print.
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  abstract     = {In this pilot study, we investigate a number of features that have been suggested as indicators of translation difficulty, namely error count, word translation entropy and syntactic equivalence. We correlate these product features with translation process features such as duration, editing, and gaze information. The dataset that we use contains both translations of professional translators and students. The product data contains manual error analyses of the translations as well as automatically calculated entropy values and syntactic reordering metrics whereas the process data consists of keystroke and eye tracking data together with general duration and pause information. In addition to correlations between product and process data, we also compared the datasets of the professional translators and students.},
  author       = {Vanroy, Bram and De Clercq, Orph{\'e}e and Macken, Lieve},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of the Third Congress on Technological Innovation for Specialized Linguistic Domains},
  editor       = {Read, Timothy and Montaner, Salvador and Sedano, Beatriz},
  keyword      = {translation,translation studies,translation difficulty,eye tracking,keystroke logging,lt3},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Ghent, Belgium},
  pages        = {163--174},
  publisher    = {{\'E}ditions Universitaires Europ{\'e}ennes},
  title        = {Predicting Difficulty in Translation: A Pilot Study},
  url          = {https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328767988\_Technological\_Innovation\_for\_Specialized\_Linguistic\_Domains\_Languages\_for\_Digital\_Lives\_and\_Cultures\_Proceedings\_of\_TISLID'18},
  year         = {2018},
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