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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE IETHBRIDCE HERAID Monday, Oclobor 16, 1973------------------------------------------ Chinese to English switch looks easier for computer HONTr KONG (API The University o! Kong's com- puter centre lias made a sig- nificant breakthrough in tho computer translation o! Chinese Into English, the director oi he centre announced here, Despite years of effort and millions of" dollars spent, Com- puter Sciences Prof. S. C. Loll told a news conference, com- puter and linguistic researchers have made little progress in producing a readable machine translation from one language to another. But now, he raid, the com- puter centre at Hong Kong Uni- versity has developed a tech- nique' for instantaneous trans- lations of mathematical texts from Chinese to English, pav- ing the way for machine trans- lations in a wide range of sub- ject alter. Translations in the opposite direction, from English to Chi nese are in thr: planning stage. Loh outlined the need for such machine translation ca pabilities: "China publishes more than three billion words a lie said, "and only one per cent o them get translated into other language. How do you ge access to all of that material You could never train enough translators to do the job." He added that machine trans- lation capabilities now being developed for Chinese and Eng- lish could he applied to other languages. Bilingual Canada, Loh said, Is interested in any computer translation develop- ments. "Tho United States has seen the computer's potential in tliis i area and has. poured many mil- lions oi dollars into translation projects." But the American both Hussiaii-to-Eiiglisti ond shown little success, he said. The two big problems in corn- liter translation, ex- >lained, arc the several mean- depending on context hat words may have, and the ncllcss variations from stand- ard rules of grammar and syn- Wlial we have done differ- Lolm said, "is to limit the subject our case to reduc- ing thu possible meanings of words. "We also put the Ctiinesc into a standard computer form be fore translating it. Tills is easy for mathematics, but the same principle can lie applied to other fields." Gas processors fight more stringent standards AIRLINE COURSE FOR MEN AND WOMEN f you ore between iha ages if 17 and 34, ond com- pleted grads (or KJon) let ui help you prepare or an exciting new career ylth llts commercial airlines, rain for Passenger Agent. CommunicaHormt, Operation Station Agent, Tick Agent, etc. Preliminary i jtruction need not Interfere ilh present occupation. Ge Full Information today. Ne obligation. For your fret brochure, "12 To Ar Alrlfno fill out cou pop GnrJ mail this ad toi Dcpl. 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Tho company added that It has successfully tested a sophis- icated system to monitor air quality in the plant and field area since 1971, "For that reason, there Is no economic or environmental jus- ification for imposing manda :ory, supplementary recovers :eciinlques on existing opera ;ions where ambient air stand ards are being the brie: said, A brief by the Canadian Pet roleum .Association said it sup- ports efforts to prevent pollu lion and conserve enviromnen' NAME ADDRESS CITY PROVINCE........ AGE PHONE EDUCATION al resources. "The association believes the responsibility for protecting en- vironmental resources should be shared by individual citi- zens, business and industry, and municipal, provincial and federal government. "The association believes the j federal government can provide general guidelines and mini- mum standards, but that the H'ovincial governments should jslablisli environmental regula- ions and standards which are applicable to speclic local cir- cumstances within that govern- ment's jurisdiction." The brief said present am- bient air quality standards are comparable to national and most international standards, and that present emission con- trol and monitoring procedures are effective in assuring satis- factory ground level concentra- tions. Alberta's 62 sulphur extrac- tion plants represent an invest- ment of more than 5600 million in construction and annual op- erating expenditures of million, the brief said. Authority chairman Dr. Wai ler Trost has said that more stringent standards, including the establishment of standards for emissions directly from stacks at the gas plants are being considered. 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