Machine translation

Machine translation, sometimes referred to by the abbreviation MT (not to be confused with computer-aided translation, machine-aided human translation or interactive translation) is a sub-field of computational linguistics that investigates the use of software to translate text or speech from one natural language to another.

Raw machine translation is usually not good enough and cannot replace human translation. However, new technologies may produce better machine output which needs editing by professional translators. This process is called post-editing.