Thursday, October 23, 2014

Efficient Transcription and Translation

Description:This project investigates whether bilingual foreign language professionals can translate conversations more quickly or with greater accuracy when provided with a native-language transcript of the conversation created by a native speaker. If so, the FBI could hire linguists who do not know English as well as they know their native language to transcribe passages. These transcriptions could then be used by bilingual foreign language professionals to create translations more quickly.

Impact: The results of this study will help the FBI determine how to appropriately balance the skill sets of their foreign language speaking staff.
 
Read More:
  • Fact sheet (pdf)
  • Executive Summary & Executive Report: Fast, Accurate Translations: Do human-generated transcripts help translators? (9.11.2009)
  • Technical Details: Fast, Accurate Translations: Do human-generated transcripts help translators? (10.16.2009)