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Warren Weaver

Early machine translation researcher


Warren Weaver was a scientist and mathematician who designed methods for machine translation.

The methods included:

  • wartime cryptography techniques
  • Shannon’s information theory
  • statistical analysis
  • juxtaposition of logic and universal features of language

His work sparked more research in machine translation and the first conference.

Weaver was the director of the Division of Natural Sciences at the Rockefeller Foundation. He also joined the Sloan-Kettering Institure for Cancer Research.


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