Until fairly recently, translation among a large variety of natural languages has been difficult and costly. Now, several free, Web-based machine translation (MT) services can provide support, but relatively little research has been conducted on their accuracies. A study of four of these services using German-to-English and Spanish-to-English translations showed that Google Translate appeared to be superior. Further study using this system alone showed that while translations were not always perfect, their understandability was quite high.
Aiken, Milam; Ghosh, Kaushik; Wee, John; and Vanjani, Mahesh
"An Evaluation of the Accuracy of Online Translation Systems,"
Communications of the IIMA: Vol. 9
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/ciima/vol9/iss4/6