Software Learns to Translate based on Existing Translations

This New Scientist article discusses new translation software which learns to translate based on existing translations. From the article, "Most existing translation software uses hand-coded rules for transposing words and phrases. But the new software, developed by Kevin Knight and Daniel Marcu at the Information Sciences Institute, part of the University of Southern California, US, takes a statistical approach, building probabilistic rules about words, phrases and syntactic structures."