Using Prosody for Automatic Sentence Segmentation of Multi-Party Meetings
INTERNATIONAL COMPUTER SCIENCE INST BERKELEY CA
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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 ASR. 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 pause duration both 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.
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