In order to perform speech summmarization it is necessary to identify important segments in speech signal. The importance of a speech segment can be effectively determined by using infomation from lexical and prosodic features. Standard speech summarization systems depend on ASR transcripts or gold standard human reference summaries to train a supervised system which combines lexical and prosodic features to choose a segment into summary. We propose a method which uses prominence values of syllables in a speech segment to rank the segment for summarization. The proposed method does not depend on ASR transcripts or gold standard human summaries. Evaluation results showed that summaries generated by the proposed method are as good as the summaries generated using tf*idf scores and supervised system trained on gold standard summaries.
Bibliographic reference. Yella, Sree Harsha / Varma, Vasudeva / Prahallad, Kishore (2010): "Prominence based scoring of speech segments for automatic speech-to-speech summarization", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 1297-1300.