This chapter provides a gentle introduction to the field of statistical machine translation. We review the history of the field and highlight current applications of machine translation technology. Some pointers to available resources are also given.
But first let us take a broad look at the contents of this book. We have broken up the book into three main parts: Foundations (Chapters 1–3), which provides essential background for novice readers, Core Methods (Chapters 4–8), which covers the principles of statistical machine translation in detail, and Advanced Topics (Chapters 9–11), which discusses more recent advances.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Words, Sentences, Corpora
Chapter 3: Probability Theory