Machine Translation Post-Editing (MTPE)

Ensuring the quality of machine translations

Machine Translation Post-Editing (MTPE)

Machine translation is very popular right now. Machine translation can be used for some projects to save time and money. Broadly speaking, it’s best suited for projects that don’t have to meet high-quality standards. In many cases, however, it is necessary to ensure a certain level of quality.

This can be achieved through a process called machine translation post-editing (MTPE), in which the machine translations are read, corrected and optimised by expert native translators. Determining the right level of optimisation is very individual and depends largely on your aims and requirements as a customer. Contact us and we’ll be happy to work with you to understand exactly what you need.

Machine Translation Post-Editing (MTPE)

Different types of post-editing

If you want to have a purely informational text translated, for example, and the primary objective is to ensure that readers understand all of the information and there are no misinterpretations of the source, then post-editing can be carried out in accordance with these requirements. Matters such as style and the flow of the text will not be considered as part of the post-editing stage.

However, if you want a text with a particularly high-end finish and style, then both the accuracy of the content and the style of the machine translation must be assessed and adapted where necessary during the post-editing stage. This takes longer and is more expensive. On the other hand, for a multi-lingual company publication, specific corporate language is often required along with attention to the overall tone and grammatical accuracy.

Consistency, word selection and correct orthography are extremely important for the image and presence of your brand. Therefore, no expense should be spared in this case.

Post-editing vs. technical translation

In general, as the amount of time required during the post-editing stage following a machine translation increases, it is recommended to consider whether a specialist translation carried out by translation specialists might be a better option in terms of the cost-to-benefit ratio. We will be happy to advise you and help you make the right decision for you.

You can find more information about post-editing of machine translations here: Post-editing (PE) – An essential part of machine translation (MT)

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