Postediting

Nowadays, many translators resort to machine translation in order to speed up their work. However, machine translators commonly produce errors or misunderstandings, and so a human element is needed to complete the job properly.
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What is post-editing?

Postediting consists of modifying, correcting and reviewing a text generated by a machine translator in order to increase its quality. This process is necessary when using this type of translators, as they often produce erroneous translations due to their poor registering capacity. Likewise, a text translated without any human factor can never be considered a good translation. No matter how much artificial intelligence a machine has, it is incapable of maintaining the essence of the source text in the same way a professional translator can.

It is important to differentiate between pre-editing and postediting. In the pre-editing process, the text is modified before it is automatically translated. However, in the postediting process, the automatically produced text is corrected and proofread.

It goes without saying that after a machine translation is done, proofreading must be carried out. Post-editors are in charge of this job. This includes reading, correcting and refining the machine-translated text. In this way, the post-editor takes care of improving the quality of the final translation.

What are its functions?

As mentioned above, postediting is used to create a flawless translation after a machine translation has been carried out. In fact, postediting makes the job easier, as the translator saves time and gains speed. At the same time, translation costs are also reduced. However, it should be borne in mind that not every type of text is suitable for machine translation.

Nowadays, many translation companies, such as Translinguo Global® are adding the postediting process to their translation services. This is because, although it may not seem like it, postediting is a type of speciality. At the same time, it is a way to save both time and money.

Aspects to be taken into account in postediting

Generally, post-editors are responsible for proofreading and correcting minor errors in machine translations during the postediting process. Therefore, several aspects must be taken into account.

On the one hand, attention should be paid to terminology. If machine translation is used, it may not identify what kind of specialised terminology is contained in the text. Consequently, the terminology must be checked and corrected by postediting. This way, both the text and its vocabulary will be consistent.

On the other hand, the context must be taken into account. As machine translators’ translations are often incomplete, there are many contexts that they do not distinguish. Likewise, there are many cases in which they translate expressions incorrectly. For this reason, post-editing is an essential process. This allows errors to be detected and the intention of the original text to be properly conveyed.

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