What is “Beam Search Decoding” in a Neural Machine Translation Model?

Angelina Yang
2 min readSep 18, 2022

There are a lot of deep explanations elsewhere so here I’d like to share some example questions in an interview setting.

What is the core idea of “beam search decoding” in a neural machine translation model?

Source: Foundations of NLP Explained Visually: Beam Search, How It Works