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Online Relative Margin Maximization for Statistical Machine Translation

Vladimir Eidelman, Yuval Marton and Philip Resnik

The 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2013)
Sofia, Bulgaria, August 4-9, 2013


Recent advances in large-margin learning have shown that better generalization can be achieved by incorporating higher order information into the optimization, such as the spread of the data. However, these solutions are impractical in complex structured prediction problems such as statistical machine translation. We present an online gradient-based algorithm for relative margin maximization, which bounds the spread of the projected data while maximizing the margin. We evaluate our optimizer on Chinese-English and Arabic- English translation tasks, each with small and large feature sets, and show that our learner is able to achieve significant improvements of 1.2-2 BLEU and 1.7-4.3 TER on average over state-of-the-art optimizers with the large feature set.

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