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Is machine-learning based translation insufficient to translate Coursera courses?

  • 24 October 2018
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With translation apps (as done either by Google or Baisu) approaching the level of professional translators, is there any reason those apps can't be used for Coursera courses? Where are the deficiencies?

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It may be because of the risk involved in it . Coursera is an educational platform . When machine learning based translators are used,there is a chance that they may convey the information wrongly . It is highly undesirable in education . It may be available in future with improved accuracy . In my opinion , they still haven't reached that level . My native language is Tamil and they aren't performing too good in translating long sentences so far . Another problem is translating technical terms . Some technical terms like "neural networks" , "stochastic gradient " may be mistranslated . They may be available in future .
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I thought the current translation is app based. The inconsistencies I noticed in the text could not have been created by a human (or may be the person is not exposed to the topic under discussion).

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