8th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Antwerp, Belgium
August 27-31, 2007

Improved Methods for Language Model Based Question Classification

Andreas Merkel, Dietrich Klakow

Saarland University, Germany

In this paper, we propose a language model based approach to classify user questions in the context of question answering systems. As categorization paradigm, a Bayes classifier is used to determine a corresponding semantic class. We present experiments with state-of-the-art smoothing methods as well as with some improved language models. Our results indicate that the techniques proposed here provide performance superior to the standard methods, including support vector machines.

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Bibliographic reference.  Merkel, Andreas / Klakow, Dietrich (2007): "Improved methods for language model based question classification", In INTERSPEECH-2007, 322-325.