Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Improvements in Automatic Speech Summarization and Evaluation Methods

Chiori Hori, Sadaoki Furui

Department of Computer Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan

This paper proposes an improved method of summarizing speech in which a confidence measure of a word hypothesis is incorporated in the summarization score and also proposes a new method for evaluating the summarized sentences. The automatically summarized sentences were evaluated based on the precision of extracted keywords and each word string with a certain length in the manual summarizations by human subjects. Japanese broadcast-news speech transcribed using a large-vocabulary continuous-speech recognition (LVCSR) system was summarized using our proposed method. Experimental results show that a confidence score giving a penalty for acoustically as well as linguistically unreliable hypotheses can reduce the meaning alteration of summarizations caused by recognition errors especially when the speech recognition rate is relatively low.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hori, Chiori / Furui, Sadaoki (2000): "Improvements in automatic speech summarization and evaluation methods", In ICSLP-2000, vol.4, 326-329.