Zero-shot Domain Adaptation for Neural Machine Translation with Retrieved Phrase-level Prompts

23 Sep 2022  ·  Zewei Sun, Qingnan Jiang, ShuJian Huang, Jun Cao, Shanbo Cheng, Mingxuan Wang ·

Domain adaptation is an important challenge for neural machine translation. However, the traditional fine-tuning solution requires multiple extra training and yields a high cost. In this paper, we propose a non-tuning paradigm, resolving domain adaptation with a prompt-based method. Specifically, we construct a bilingual phrase-level database and retrieve relevant pairs from it as a prompt for the input sentences. By utilizing Retrieved Phrase-level Prompts (RePP), we effectively boost the translation quality. Experiments show that our method improves domain-specific machine translation for 6.2 BLEU scores and improves translation constraints for 11.5% accuracy without additional training.

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