How to Reduce Translation Costs with Post-Editing

Post-editing saves you time while significantly reducing the cost

Effectively Reduce Translation Costs with Post-Editing​

Post-editing saves time while significantly reducing the cost.

Translating and localising your content is the first step to going global with your products and services, positioning you as a market leader worldwide. While this can prove to be a time-consuming and costly process, Machine Translation (MT) is a great alternative for companies who need:

  • Low-cost translation services
  • Fast translations of large volumes

MT software can translate thousands of words instantly, at virtually no cost. However, without human intervention, the linguistic results are often highly questionable. This is where Machine Translation Post-Editing (MTPE) comes into play, offering the best of both worlds by:

  • Combining MT technology and human sensitivity
  • Delivering fast translations to high standards
  • Producing excellent results comparable to professional human translation

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What is Post-Editing?

Post-editing is where machine-translated content is corrected by a human translator. This gives you:

  • the speed and cost benefits of MT
  • the quality of a professional human translation.

This is why MTPE is an ideal solution for people and businesses looking for reliable and low-cost translation services.

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What are the benefits of using Post-Editing?

  • 40% increase in productivity
  • 40% decrease in delivery time
  • 60% reduction in cost
  • Quality meeting Translation, Editing and Proofreading standards
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How does Machine Translation Post-Editing (MTPE) work?

The MT output provides our skilled linguists with a draft translation to work on. At this point, the degree of faithfulness to the source text depends on:

  • Level of standardisation
  • Language combination
  • Available translation memories

These factors impact how we train our neural MT engines, and the more we can train our engines, the more accurate the translation will be. The quality of this output is assessed during the MT evaluation stage and will determine the linguistic effort needed to post-edit the text.

What are the different types of Post-Editing?

There are two quality levels of machine translation post-editing, which are typically referred to as light and full post-editing. You get to choose the service that suits you best, based on your needs and preferences.

Light post-editing:

  • Covers major errors in grammar and meaning
  • Attaches little to no importance to the overall style or tone
  • Delivers factually accurate texts at a high speed by only making essential corrections

Full post-editing:

  • Produces high-quality results
  • Comparable to human translation
  • Fluent, polished and natural-sounding translations
  • Translations faithful to the tone and style of the original text
  • Guaranteed consistency in terminology

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How is Machine Translation (MT) output evaluated?

Evaluating the quality of MT output is an integral part of the post-editing workflow. This is because the delivery schedule and expected quality will largely depend on how well the MT system performs.

MT evaluation includes a complex series of criteria and evaluation models carried out automatically and by human linguists. The goal when evaluating the quality of MT output is to:

  • Identify an MT system’s flaws
  • Minimise an MT system’s errors
  • Achieve the best level of fluency possible in the raw MT output

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What are the benefits of evaluating Machine Translation (MT)?

This evaluation step provides both MTPE providers and businesses with valuable insights.

  • For MTPE providers, it determines whether a specific MT engine is suitable for the requested type of content.
  • For businesses, improving the engine’s performance leads to reduced costs and increased productivity.

Outsource your needs to post-editing experts

Intertranslations S.A. is a professional translation agency. Offering a range of professional translation services, we help clients from every sector to convey their messages and overcome cultural and linguistic barriers. We specialise in:

  • Light and full post-editing
  • AI translations
  • Machine translation services

With custom state-of-the-art solutions, we can offer you competitive MTPE rates depending on your needs.

  • Post-editing with MT engines and translation memories trained in specialist This saves you time and money while ensuring high-quality results comparable to human translation.
  • Training of bespoke neural machine translation engines combined with post-editing services.
  • Post-editing as a stand-alone service.

Our company provides complete translation and customised post-editing solutions that optimise your workflow, specialising in:

  • Healthcare, pharmaceuticals, medical safety and medical devices
  • E-learning
  • Automotive
  • Law
  • Finance
  • Marketing and software projects

We can translate a variety of text types into European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages, including locales and variants.

Contact us to get an analysis of the benefits of evaluating MT for your company.

Why choose us?

  • Over 20 years of experience
  • More than 2,500,000 pages translated in over 150 language combinations for more than 5,500 clients throughout Europe and the US
  • More than 10,000,000 words post-edited in over 50 language pairs, including variations like Canadian French and Latin-American Spanish
  • Internal R&D department specialising in creating and training neural MT engines
  • TAUS-certified translators and post-editors following ISO 18587:2017: Translation Services for post-editing machine-translated output
  • Trained Post-Editors, experts in the domain of your business and the use of cutting-edge translation technology

Get in touch with us to design together a business proposition tailored to your needs.

A few words about our expert

Viveta Gene

Viveta is a Translation & Localization Industry Specialist at Intertranslations S.A. She has a 360-degree view of the Translation and Localization Workflow thanks to her previous experience as a Vendor Manager, Project Manager and Linguist. Her focus is to promote the new trends in the industry, where translation skills meet MT technology and Localization Engineering. Machine translation engines, automated translation and post editing of machine translated output are amongst her key fields of interest and the topic of her PhD Research.

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