Saturday, August 23, 2008

Machine translation

When I first started using Yahoo Pipes last year, I set up a Pipe to translate the RSS feed from Le Monde to give myself some practice with the service. It was easy to do, but the machine translation Yahoo offers often leaves a lot to be desired. Sometimes the headlines make sense, sometimes they don’t, and sometimes they’re inadvertently humorous or ironic. I think this headline from a few days ago is an example of that last case:

The white House lunatic any agreement on the departure of the American troops of Iraq

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