Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) released its brandnew online translation service (BAIDU FANYI) http://fanyi.baidu.com/on Jun.30th, currently supporting translation from chinese to english and vice versa.
fanyi, means Translation in Chinese
its mechanism is similar to Google Translate because it is based on machine learning as well;
it’s totally automatic without any manual interruptions.
although google’s translation can do translation for many languages while baidu only support english and chinese for now.
Let’s see some trials and the comparisons to human translation and Google Translate
From English to Chinese
Source: Hello，I am the webmaster of ChineseTranspro.com
Baidu Translate: 你好，我是
Google Translate: 您好，我是ChineseTranspro.com站长
Human Translation: 你好，我是ChineseTransPro.com网站的站长。
Source: ChineseTranspro.com provides Chinese Translation Services
Human Translation: ChineseTranspro.com提供中文翻译服务。
From Chinese to English
Everybody is good, I is the ChineseTransPro web site.
Google Translate: Hello, everyone,
I ChineseTransPro site owners.
Human Translation: Hi, I am the webmaster of ChineseTranspro.
Baidu Translate: ChineseTransPro provides Chinese translation services.
provideChinese translation services.
Human Translation: ChineseTransPro provides Chinese translation services.
We noticed that Baidu can recognize both Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese as the source text while only translate English into Simplified Chinese as the target language.
Google Translator can now automatically detect the source language, and translate 63 languages, in addition, can also use Google global business insight put ads in all languages.
It was said Baidu will have a bilingual view, however I could not find the English view of this service.
Baidu was reported to be supported by the cooperation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a project has applied for state funds to support tens of millions, and has developed two years, now also part of the trial operation stage. Specific effects also need to use third-party evaluation and user feedback.