Building the Tatar-Russian NMT System Based on Re-translation of Multilingual Data

  • Aidar KhusainovEmail author
  • Dzhavdet Suleymanov
  • Rinat Gilmullin
  • Ajrat Gatiatullin
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11107)


This paper assesses the possibility of combining the rule-based and the neural network approaches to the construction of the machine translation system for the Tatar-Russian language pair. We propose a rule-based system that allows using parallel data of a group of 6 Turkic languages (Tatar, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Crimean-Tatar, Uzbek, Turkish) and the Russian language to overcome the problem of limited Tatar-Russian data. We incorporated modern approaches for data augmentation, neural networks training and linguistically motivated rule-based methods. The main results of the work are the creation of the first neural Tatar-Russian translation system and the improvement of the translation quality in this language pair in terms of BLEU scores from 12 to 39 and from 17 to 45 for both translation directions (comparing to the existing translation system). Also the translation between any of the Tatar, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Crimean Tatar, Uzbek, Turkish languages becomes possible, which allows to translate from all of these Turkic languages into Russian using Tatar as an intermediate language.


Neural machine translation Rule-based machine translation Turkic languages Low-resourced language Data augmentation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Applied Semiotics of the Tatarstan Academy of SciencesKazan Federal UniversityKazanRussia

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