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Has Microsoft’s neural machine translation (NMT) really reached parity with human translation?

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

While at cApStAn we investigate how neural machine translation (NMT) can be used to improve a human translator's output rate while increasing consistency, blue chip companies driving the progress in NMT still fall into the trap ...

The neural network-based translation technology “Amazon Translate” now generally available

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

On April 4, Amazon Translate, which was in "preview" mode since 2017, was made available to anyone in the US and EU (with an Amazon Web Services account). In doing so, Amazon positions itself as one ...

ATP Innovations in Testing Conference 2018 in San Antonio

by Debasmita Gosh - enterprise growth @ cApStAn//Marielle Lerner - linguist and senior project manager @cApStAn

The cApStAn team attended ATP’s annual conference on Innovations in Testing in the hill country outside historic San Antonio, Texas. The team was welcomed to what would be a high-energy, ...

Revitalising multiple choice questions for the digital age

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

Multiple choice questions (MQCs) have been the traditional way of testing for generations, and have not changed substantially since they were first introduced, over a century ago, by Frederick Kelly*. His "Kansas Silent Reading Test" was ...

“Personalised” or standardized testing?

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

While cApStAn has collected empirical data on cross-language comparability of standardized test items, and recognises the value of standardized testing, we acknowledge that the approach described in this article is fascinating.

According to the author there ...

Scurryfunge, frowst and hunch-weather – unused words now being rescued from obscurity

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

Self defined "word geek" Paul Anthony Jones has put together a delightful compendium of forgotten English words, one for each day of the year, in his book "The cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities". Notable examples include "beard-second" ...

Emojis, a “developing language”?

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

Emojis are becoming increasingly popular worldwide and it is estimated that 92% of the online population is using them. Recent statistics from Facebook about the Messenger platform alone put the daily number of emojis sent as ...

Is monolingualism “the illiteracy of the 21st Century”?

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

Is it still acceptable, in a world which is increasingly connected, mobile and multicultural, to only speak one language? Fabrice Jaumont*, author of the "The ...

Taking stock of 2017, setting the bar for 2018

by Steve Dept – cApStAn partner

The year 2016 has been quite exceptional for cApStAn, but this was partly due to the fact that the bulk of the work on one of our flagship projects, linguistic quality control in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment ...

Capturing the dynamics of cApStAn at work

On a cold morning in February, the cApStAn team in Brussels met for shooting. The film crew then followed us to the office, and they captured the dynamics of cApStAn at work. We didn't need to act. This is what we are like. Hard work, good vibes, the "excellence ...