Linguee is a web service that provides an online dictionary for a number of language pairs. Unlike similar services, such as LEO, Linguee incorporates a search engine that provides access to large amounts of bilingual sentence pairs found online. As a translation aid, Linguee therefore differs from machine translation services like Babelfish and is more similar in function to a translation memory.
Linguee uses specialized webcrawlers to search the Internet for appropriate bilingual texts and to divide them into parallel sentences. The paired sentences identified undergo automatic quality evaluation by a human-trained machine learning algorithm that estimates the quality of translation. The user can set the number of pairs using a fuzzy search, access, and the ranking of search results with the previous quality assurance and compliance is influenced by the search term. Users can also rate translations manually, so that the machine learning system is trained continuously.
In addition to serving the bilingual Web, Patent translated texts as well as the EU Parliament protocols and laws of the European Union (EUR-Lex) as sources. According to the operator Linguee offers access to approximately 100 million translations.
The concept behind Linguee was conceived in the fall of 2007 by former Google employee Dr. Gereon Frahling and developed in the following year along with Leonard Fink. The business idea was recognized in 2008 with the main prize of a competition founded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Germany). In April 2009, the web service was available to the public. Linguee is operated by DeepL GmbH (formerly Linguee GmbH) based in Cologne.
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