Findings of the WMT 2020 Biomedical Translation Shared Task: Basque, Italian and Russian as New Additional Languages

Rachel Bawden, Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio, Christian Grozea, Iñigo Jauregi Unanue, Antonio Jimeno Yepes, Nancy Mah, David Martinez, Aurélie Névéol, Mariana Neves, Maite Oronoz, Olatz Perez de Viñaspre, Massimo Piccardi, Roland Roller, Amy Siu, Philippe Thomas, Federica Vezzani, Maika Vicente Navarro, Dina Wiemann, Lana Yeganova

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Machine translation of scientific abstracts and terminologies has the potential to support health professionals and biomedical researchers in some of their activities. In the fifth edition of the WMT Biomedical Task, we addressed a total of eight language pairs. Five language pairs were previously addressed in past editions of the shared task, namely, English/German, English/French, English/Spanish, English/Portuguese, and English/Chinese. Three additional languages pairs were also introduced this year: English/Russian, English/Italian, and English/Basque. The task addressed the evaluation of both scientific abstracts (all language pairs) and terminologies (English/Basque only). We received submissions from a total of 20 teams. For recurring language pairs, we observed an improvement in the translations in terms of automatic scores and qualitative evaluations, compared to previous years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th Conference on Machine Translation
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)978-1-948087-81-0
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2020
EventFifth Conference on Machine Translation - Online Conference
Duration: 19 Nov 202020 Nov 2020


ConferenceFifth Conference on Machine Translation
Abbreviated titleWMT 2020
CityOnline Conference
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