7th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

September 16-20, 2002
Denver, Colorado, USA

Pitch Accent Prediction Using Ensemble Machine Learning

Xuejing Sun

Northwestern University, USA

In this study, we applied ensemble machine learning to predict pitch accents. With decision tree as the baseline algorithm, two popular ensemble learning methods, bagging and boosting, were evaluated across different experiment conditions: using acoustic features only, using text-based features only; using both acoustic and text-based features. F0 related acoustic features are derived from underlying pitch targets. Models of four ToBI pitch accent types (High, Downstepped high, Low, and Unaccented) are built at the syllable level. Results showed that in all experiments improved performance was achieved by ensemble learning. The best result was obtained in the third task, in which the overall correct rate increases from 84.26% to 87.17%.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sun, Xuejing (2002): "Pitch accent prediction using ensemble machine learning", In ICSLP-2002, 953-956.