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Numbers in memoQ
Posted by Péter Botta on 31 October 2013 08:31 AM

Numbers in memoQ

In memoQ number-handling comes up in several contexts.

1. Auto-translatables

In Project home> Settings > Auto-translatables settings there are some built-in number-handling rules for certain languages, but you can also specify your own rules and patterns with regular expressions. These rules are applied to your source text, and elements that are recognized will appear as auto-translatable hits in the results pane in green (default), and the hits in the source text are also highlighted in green. These hits appear in the Autopick list if you press the Ctrl key.

2. Autopick number recognizer

The numbers that appear in the Autopick list can come from the auto-translatable hits, but there is a completely separate number recognizer in memoQ that looks for numbers in the source text and converts them automatically, according to your settings. You don’t have to add rules for this function to work, it will recognize numbers immediately. If you see a number repeated in the Autopick list, it means that it was recognized by an auto-translatable rule, but also by the number recognizer.

3. Populate number only segments

If you have a lot of segments that contain only numbers (and perhaps some non-alphabetical characters), you can fill these segments automatically.

1.       Go to Operations (in memoQ 2014 and higher: on the Preparation ribbon tab) > Populate Number-Only Segments

2.       Choose your settings

You can choose the scope where you want to fill your segments.

If you check Segments with multiple numbers those segments that have several numbers (separated by space(s)) will also be filled, and not only the segments with one single number.

If you check Non-alphabetical characters or tags besides numbers those segments that have other characters (only non-alphabetical) as well as numbers will also be filled, together with these extra characters. (This is useful eg. for formulas, phone numbers.)

If you check Populate unconfirmed rows with text in target then your current, unconfirmed segments will be overwritten.

You can also set the status of your segments.

3.       When you click OK your segments will be filled with the transformed numbers. (More on transformation later.)

4. Fragment assembly

In the fragment assembly hits (purple ones) a complete segment is made up of the hits coming from different sources, and the original source text where there are no hits. Numbers are one kind of hits that are replaced in the segment. The numbers are found with the same recognizer as in Autopick or in the “Populate Number-Only Segments” function, and are also transformed according to your settings.

The settings are on the second tab in Translation > Predictive Typing and Autopick.

5. Quality assurance

The QA module in memoQ checks numbers: their format according to specific language settings, and whether the numbers in the source and the target correspond to each other.

Currently the algorithm to find numbers in the text is different from the previously mentioned cases. It is somewhat simpler, and it doesn’t take your Autopick settings into consideration, but the QA module has different settings.

The settings are in Project home > Settings > QA Settings > Numbers tab. You can choose what you want to be checked, and you can also add custom number formats for different languages.

The built-in number recognizer

The built-in number recognizer is used with some of the previously mentioned functionality in memoQ from version 2013:

  • Autopick
  •  Fragment assembly
  •  Populate number only segments

All these functionalities use the same number recognizer with the same settings. The settings are available from the Translation Settings on the Translation ribbon tab > Predictive Typing And Autopick on the Autopick tab (the bottom part).

At the bottom of the window you can choose your settings. These settings will influence how the number recognizer will transform your numbers in the target segment. You can:

  • choose a negative sign, which can be a dash, en-dash or a minus sign.
  • choose a decimal separator, which can be a comma or a period
  • choose a grouping symbol, which can be a space, a non-breaking space, a comma or a period
  • decide whether you want to insert a space between the number and the measurement. Note: The number recognizer won’t recognize measuerments in the source, if there is a space between the number and the measurement symbols!  Decide whether you want to group your numbers in the target if they were not grouped in the source (Force if not a year), and if you don’t want to group them below 10,000. 
Note: Numers will be grouped in the target if they were grouped in the source. Grouping means the 3-digit grouping.
  • choose what kind of digit format you want to use in the target
Read more in the Productivity Features guide, available here.

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