A strong need for understanding Konkani to tourists & for administrative purposes, English to Konkani Machine Translation system was initially developed in collaboration with Department of Computer Science & Technology, Goa University.
We used a hybrid approach which is the combination of Statistical Machine Translation and other techniques to improve our translation quality. Various pre-processing and post-processing steps were applied to improve translation quality.
Technologies Used: Moses, Python
The system is currently being used to translate question papers of various central government’s exams wherein English question papers are directly translated into Konkani with minimum corrections required.
The work has been featured in local English daily and has been encouraged by many Language & Technology experts. The system is still under improvement and now it’s been carried out as the company’s own project for a social cause.
The challenge faced by the research team in the improvement phase is the lack of Konkani digital data. Various efforts are being put for the data collection, one of which is Konkani Bhandar.