ISCA Archive Eurospeech 1999
ISCA Archive Eurospeech 1999

To believe is to understand

Helen M. Meng, Wai Lam, Carmen Wai

This paper is about language understanding using Belief Networks. Language understanding is a key technology in human-computer conversational systems. These systems often need to handle information-seeking queries from the user regarding a restricted domain. We devised a method for identifying the user’s communicative goal(s) out of a finite set of within-domain goals. The problem is formulated as N binary decisions, each performed by a Belief Network. This formulation allows for the identification of queries with multiple goals, as well as queries with out-of-domain goals. Experiments with the ATIS corpus shows that around 90% of the user queries are correctly handled via goal classification, rejection or multiple goal identification.


doi: 10.21437/Eurospeech.1999-445

Cite as: Meng, H.M., Lam, W., Wai, C. (1999) To believe is to understand. Proc. 6th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech 1999), 2015-2018, doi: 10.21437/Eurospeech.1999-445

@inproceedings{meng99_eurospeech,
  author={Helen M. Meng and Wai Lam and Carmen Wai},
  title={{To believe is to understand}},
  year=1999,
  booktitle={Proc. 6th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech 1999)},
  pages={2015--2018},
  doi={10.21437/Eurospeech.1999-445}
}