Using Prosody for Automatic Sentence Segmentation of Multi-Party Meetings

TitleUsing Prosody for Automatic Sentence Segmentation of Multi-Party Meetings
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsKolar, J., Shriberg E., & Liu Y.
Published inProceedings of 9th International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue (TSD 2006)
Page(s)629-636
Other Numbers1988
Abstract

We explore the use of prosodic features beyond pauses, including duration, pitch, and energy features, for automatic sentence segmentation of ICSI meeting data. We examine two different approaches to boundary classification: score-level combination of independent language and prosodic models using HMMs, and feature-level combination of models using a boosting-based method (BoosTexter). We report classification results for reference word transcripts as well as for transcripts from a state-of-the-art automatic speech recognizer. We also compare results using the lexical model plus a pause-only prosody model, versus results using additional prosodic features. Results show that: (1) information from pauses is important, including both pause duration at the boundary, and at the previous and following word boundaries; (2) adding duration, pitch, and energy features yields significant improvement over pause alone; (3) the integrated boosting-based model performs better than the HMM for ASR conditions; (4) training the boosting-based model on recognized words yields further improvement.

URLhttp://www.icsi.berkeley.edu/pubs/speech/tsd178a.pdf
Bibliographic Notes

Proceedings of 9th International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue (TSD 2006), Brno, Czech Republic, pp. 629-636

Abbreviated Authors

J. Kolar, E. Shriberg, and Y. Liu

ICSI Research Group

Speech

ICSI Publication Type

Article in conference proceedings