Data Augmentation by Concatenation for Low-Resource Translation: A Mystery and a Solution

05/04/2021 ∙ by Toan Q. Nguyen, et al. ∙ 0

In this paper, we investigate the driving factors behind concatenation, a simple but effective data augmentation method for low-resource neural machine translation. Our experiments suggest that discourse context is unlikely the cause for the improvement of about +1 BLEU across four language pairs. Instead, we demonstrate that the improvement comes from three other factors unrelated to discourse: context diversity, length diversity, and (to a lesser extent) position shifting.

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