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Quantum physics, quantum mechanics, quantum leap, quantum machine translation… How have we come to use “quantum” in seemingly opposite ways?

On the surface, the word “quantum” seems to be use in contradictory ways. For example, quantum physics explores the universe’s smallest sub-atomic units while quantum leap refers to a huge shift or change.

To resolve these contradictions, I derived this unifying definition from several dictionaries (Oxford, Cambridge, Merriam-Webster & Wikipedia).

The smallest measurable and discrete unit that has a significant impact on its environment.

Practical definition of “quantum”

Voila! A small sub-atomic particle is quantum because it has a significant impact on its environment. A leap is quantum because a seemingly small event caused a significant change.

QMT™ Small Size, High Quality

By this definition, quantum machine translation (QMT™) uses a small machine translation training corpus to deliver machine translations (MT) with significant high quality.

Slate Rocks has developed proprietary corpus preparation tools and strategies. They create a small, high quality MT training corpus. The corpus builds a QMT™ engine that delivers quality MT rivaling or exceeding the MT quality from traditional preparation of a huge training corpus.

Our Slate Corpus™ is a standalone application with the corpus preparation tools to create such corpora. Slate Desktop™ and Slate Desktop Pro™ application suites include Slate Corpus™ and other applications that build QMT™ engines.


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By Tom Hoar

Tom Hoar is a pioneer transforming the translation ecosystem. He founded Slate Rocks LLC to create machine translation software that gives translators a better way to keep more of their earnings. Tom is tenacious and passionate about creating a win-win-win for translators, agencies and clients.