GALE Phase 4 Arabic Weblog Parallel Sentences

Item Name: GALE Phase 4 Arabic Weblog Parallel Sentences
Author(s): Zhiyi Song, Gary Krug, Stephanie Strassel
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2016T14
ISBN: 1-58563-758-0
ISLRN: 862-638-920-382-1
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Member Year(s): 2016
DCMI Type(s): Text
Data Source(s): weblogs, newsgroups
Project(s): GALE
Application(s): machine translation
Language(s): Arabic, Standard Arabic
Language ID(s): ara, arb
License(s): LDC User Agreement for Non-Members
Online Documentation: LDC2016T14 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Song, Zhiyi, Gary Krug, and Stephanie Strassel. GALE Phase 4 Arabic Weblog Parallel Sentences LDC2016T14. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 2016.

Introduction

GALE Phase 4 Arabic Weblog Parallel Sentences was developed by the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC). Along with other corpora, the parallel text in this release comprised training data for Phase 4 of the DARPA GALE (Global Autonomous Language Exploitation) Program. This corpus contains Modern Standard Arabic source text and corresponding English translations, selected from newsgroup and weblog data collected by LDC and translated by LDC or under its direction.

Data

GALE Phase 4 Arabic Weblog Parallel Sentences includes 1,067 source-translation document pairs, comprising 68,346 words (Arabic source) of translated data. Data is drawn from various Arabic newsgroup and weblog sources.

Sentences were selected for translation in two steps. First, files were chosen using sentence selection scripts provided by GALE program participants SRI International and IBM. The output was then manually reviewed by LDC staff to eliminate problematic sentences. Selected files were reformatted into a human-readable translation format and assigned to translation vendors. Translators followed LDC's Arabic to English translation guidelines and were provided with the full source documents containing the target sentences for their reference. Bilingual LDC staff performed quality control procedures on the completed translations.

Source data and translations are distributed in TDF format. TDF files are tab-delimited files containing one segment of text along with meta information about that segment. Each field in the TDF file is described in TDF_format.txt. All data are encoded in UTF-8.

Acknowledgement

This work was supported in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, GALE Program Grant No. HR0011-06-1-0003. The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the Government, and no official endorsement should be inferred.

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