Date of Award

December 2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Computer Science

First Advisor

Susan McRoy

Committee Members

Ichiro Suzuki, Nicholas Fleisher


Computational Linguistics, Machine Translation, Rule Based Machine Translation


Many automatic machine translation systems available today use a hybrid of pure statistical translation and rule-based grammatical translations. This is largely due to the shortcomings of each individual approach, requiring a large amount of time for linguistics experts to hand-code grammar rules for a rule-based system and requiring large amounts of source text to generate accurate statistical models. By automating a portion of the rule generation process, the creation of grammar rules could be made to be faster, more efficient and less costly. By doing statistical analysis on a bilingual corpus, common grammar rules can be inferred and exported to a hybrid system. The resulting rules then provide a base grammar for the system. This helps to reduce the time needed for experts to hand-code grammar rules and make a hybrid system more effective.

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