The recurring translation task of the WMT workshops focuses on news text and European language pairs. For 2016 the language pairs are:
The goals of the shared translation task are:
|Release of training data for shared tasks
|Test data released
|April 18, 2016
|Translation submission deadline
|April 24, 2016
|Start of manual evaluation
|May 2, 2016
|End of manual evaluation (provisional)
|May 22, 2016
We provide training data for five language pairs, and a common framework. The task is to improve methods current methods. This can be done in many ways. For instance participants could try to:
You may participate in any or all of the six language pairs. For all language pairs we will test translation in both directions. To have a common framework that allows for comparable results, and also to lower the barrier to entry, we provide a common training set.
We also strongly encourage your participation, if you use your own training corpus, your own sentence alignment, your own language model, or your own decoder.
If you use additional training data or existing translation systems, you must flag that your system uses additional data. We will distinguish system submissions that used the provided training data (constrained) from submissions that used significant additional data resources. Note that basic linguistic tools such as taggers, parsers, or morphological analyzers are allowed in the constrained condition.
Your submission report should highlight in which ways your own methods and data differ from the standard task. We may break down submitted results in different tracks, based on what resources were used. We are mostly interested in submission that are constrained to the provided training data, so that the comparison is focused on the methods, not on the data used. You may submit contrastive runs to demonstrate the benefit of additional training data.
The provided data is mainly taken from version 7 of the Europarl corpus, which is freely available. Please click on the links below to download the sentence-aligned data, or go to the Europarl website for the source release. Note that this the same data as last year, since Europarl is not anymore translated across all 23 official European languages.
Additional training data is taken from the new News Commentary corpus. There are about 50 million words of training data per language from the Europarl corpus and 3 million words from the News Commentary corpus.
For Romanian-English and Turkish-English we have added the SETIMES2 corpus to the constrained data task.
A new data resource from 2016 is the monolingual Common Crawl corpus which was collected from web sources.
We have released development data for the Romanian-English task, and for the Turkish-English task.
You may also use the following monolingual corpora released by the LDC:
Note that the released data is not tokenized and includes sentences of any length (including empty sentences). All data is in Unicode (UTF-8) format. The following tools allow the processing of the training data into tokenized format:
To evaluate your system during development, we suggest using the 2015 test set. The data is provided in raw text format and in an SGML format that suits the NIST scoring tool. We also release other test sets from previous years.
The news-test2011 set has three additional Czech translations that you may want to use. You can download them from Charles University.
|same as previous year, corpus home page
|ro-en is new for this year, corpus home page
|Same as last year
|News Commentary v11
|New for 2016. Register and download CzEng 1.6pre.
|Provided by CMU..
|Distributed by OPUS
|New for 2016. Deduplicated with development and evaluation sentences removed. English was updated 31 January 2016 to remove bad UTF-8. Downloads can be verified with SHA512 checksums. More English is available for unconstrained participants.
|News Crawl: articles from 2007
Extracted article text from various online news publications.
The data sets from 2007-2014, and news-discuss, are the same as last year's.
|News Crawl: articles from 2008
|News Crawl: articles from 2009
|News Crawl: articles from 2010
|News Crawl: articles from 2011
|News Crawl: articles from 2012
|News Crawl: articles from 2013
|News Crawl: articles from 2014
|News Discussions. Version 1 from 2014/15
|News Crawl: articles from 2015
The Common Crawl monolingual data is hosted by Amazon Web Services as a public data set. The underlying S3 URL is
To submit your results, please first convert into into SGML format as required by the NIST BLEU scorer, and then upload it to the website matrix.statmt.org.
Each submitted file has to be in a format that is used by standard scoring scripts such as NIST BLEU or TER.
This format is similar to the one used in the source test set files that were released, except for:
<tstset trglang="en" setid="newstest2015"
srclang="any">, with trglang set to
ru. Important: srclang is
The script wrap-xml.perl makes the conversion of a output file in one-segment-per-line format into the required SGML file very easy:
wrap-xml.perl LANGUAGE SRC_SGML_FILE SYSTEM_NAME < IN > OUT
wrap-xml.perl en newstest2016-src.de.sgm Google < decoder-output > decoder-output.sgm
Upload happens in three easy steps:
If you are submitting contrastive runs, please submit your primary system first and mark it clearly as the primary submission.
Evaluation will be done both automatically as well as by human judgement.