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Multi-way, multilingual neural machine translation

2017-09-01
Firat, Orhan
Cho, Kyunghyun
Sankaran, Baskaran
Yarman Vural, Fatoş Tunay
Bengio, Yoshua
We propose multi-way, multilingual neural machine translation. The proposed approach enables a single neural translation model to translate between multiple languages, with a number of parameters that grows only linearly with the number of languages. This is made possible by having a single attention mechanism that is shared across all language pairs. We train the proposed multi-way, multilingual model on ten language pairs from WMT'15 simultaneously and observe clear performance improvements over models trained on only one language pair. We empirically evaluate the proposed model on low-resource language translation tasks. In particular, we observe that the proposed multilingual model outperforms strong conventional statistical machine translation systems on Turkish-English and Uzbek-English by incorporating the resources of other language pairs. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved