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Translation activity on the Taito and Abel servers (outdated)

This page is currently being updated (YS 16.12.2019)

An experimentation environment for Statistical and Neural Machine Translations (SMT and NMT) is maintained for NLPL under the coordination of the University of Helsinki (UoH). The software and data are commissioned on the Finnish Puhti and on the Norwegian Saga superclusters.

Available software and data

Statistical machine translation and word alignment

  • The Moses SMT pipeline with word alignment tools GIZA++, MGIZA, fast_align, with SALM (release 4.0) is installed on Puhti and Saga: nlpl-moses/4.0-a89691f (usage notes below)
  • The word alignment tools efmaral and eflomal are installed on Puhti and Saga in the nlpl-efmaral module: nlpl-efmaral/0.1_20191218 (usage notes below)

Neural machine translation

  • Marian-NMT is installed on Puhti and Saga as nlpl-marian-nmt/1.8.0-eba7aed. Usage notes below.
  • OpenNMT-py is installed on Saga using NLPL-internal Pytorch: nlpl-opennmt-py/1.0.0rc2/3.7.
  • OpenNMT-py is installed on Puhti using system-wide Pytorch: nlpl-opennmt-py/nlpl-opennmt-py/1.0.0.

General scripts for machine translation

  • The nlpl-mttools module provides a series of preprocessing and evaluation scripts useful for any kind of machine translation research, independently of the toolkit. It is installed on Puhti and Saga: nlpl-mttools/20191218. See the mttools page for further details.

Datasets

On Puhti, the $NLPL project directory is located at /projappl/nlpl. On Saga, the $NLPL project directory is located at /cluster/shared/nlpl/.

  • IWSLT17 parallel data (0.6G, on Puhti and Saga):
    $NLPL/data/translation/iwslt17
  • WMT17 news task parallel data (16G, on Puhti and Saga):
    $NLPL/data/translation/wmt17news
  • WMT17 news task data preprocessed (tokenized, truecased and BPE-encoded) for the Helsinki submissions (5G, on Puhti and Saga):
    $NLPL/data/translation/wmt17news_helsinki
  • IWSLT18 (low-resource Basque-to-English task) parallel data (0.9G, on Puhti and Saga):
    $NLPL/data/translation/iwslt18
  • IWSLT18 (low-resource Basque-to-English task) preprocessed data from the Helsinki submission, with additional synthetic training data (2.6G, on Puhti and Saga):
    $NLPL/data/translation/iwslt18_helsinki
  • WMT18 news task parallel data (17G, on Puhti and Saga):
    $NLPL/data/translation/wmt18news
  • WMT18 news task data preprocessed (tokenized, truecased and BPE-encoded) for the Helsinki submissions (17G, on Puhti and Saga):
    $NLPL/data/translation/wmt18news_helsinki
  • WMT19 news task data (German-English and Finnish-English), consisting of cleaned parallel data and backtranslations used in the Helsinki submissions (28G, on Puhti and Saga):
    $NLPL/data/translation/wmt18news_helsinki

Models

See this page for details.

Using the Moses module

  • Activate the NLPL module repository:
    module use -a /projappl/nlpl/software/modules/etc         # Puhti
    module use -a /cluster/shared/nlpl/software/modules/etc   # Saga
  • Load the Moses module:
    module load nlpl-moses/4.0-a89691f
  • Start using Moses, e.g. using the tutorial at http://statmt.org/moses/
  • The module contains the standard installation as described at http://www.statmt.org/moses/?n=Development.GetStarted:
    • cmph, xmlprc
    • with-mm
    • max-kenlm-order 10
    • max-factors 7
    • SALM + filter-pt
  • For word alignment, you can use GIZA++, Mgiza and fast_align. (The word alignment tools efmaral and eflomal are part of a separate module.)
    If you need to specify absolute paths in your scripts, you can find them on the help page of the module:
    module help nlpl-moses/4.0-a89691f

Using the Efmaral module

  • Activate the NLPL module repository:
    module use -a /projappl/nlpl/software/modules/etc         # Puhti
    module use -a /cluster/shared/nlpl/software/modules/etc   # Saga
  • Load the Efmaral module:
    module load nlpl-efmaral/0.1_20191218
    
  • You can use the align.py script directly:
    align.py ...
  • You can use the efmaral module inside a Python3 script:
    python3
    >>> import efmaral
  • You can test the example given at https://github.com/robertostling/efmaral by changing to the installation directory:
    cd $EFMARALPATH
    python3 scripts/evaluate.py efmaral \
        3rdparty/data/test.eng.hin.wa \
        3rdparty/data/test.eng 3rdparty/data/test.hin \
        3rdparty/data/trial.eng 3rdparty/data/trial.hin
  • The Efmaral module also contains eflomal. You can use the alignment scripts as follows:
    align_eflomal.py ...
  • You can also use the eflomal executable:
    eflomal ...
  • You can also use the eflomal module in a Python3 script:
    python3
    >>> import eflomal
  • The atools executable (from fast_align) is also made available.


Contact: Yves Scherrer, University of Helsinki, firstname.lastname@helsinki.fi

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