In the current crisis in Haiti there are a number of initiatives to rapidly build software to assist in humanitarian aid. Responding to community requests for a machine translation (MT) system to translate between English and Haitian Creole, our team has been hard at work over the last few days. I am glad to announce that an experimental Haitian Creole MT system is now publicly available via several services and APIs powered by Microsoft Translator technologies. We will continue working on improving the system, but we hope meanwhile that in spite of the experimental nature – it will be of use in the relief efforts.
The typical approach to adding new languages involves significantly larger amounts of training and a higher threshold for quality testing, but he team decided that the upside warranted making the system available to the community at the earliest. As stated above it will be improved subsequently. You can help out with that too. How? Read the team’s blog post on the Microsoft Translator Official Team Blog.
Further news on the Haitian Creole language support will also be given at said blog.