8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Jeju Island, Korea
October 4-8, 2004

Belief-Based Nonlinear Rescoring in Thai Speech Understanding

Chai Wutiwiwatchai, Sadaoki Furui

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

This paper proposes an approach to improve speech understanding based on rescoring of N-best semantic hypotheses. In rescoring, probabilities produced by an understanding component are combined with additional probabilities derived from system beliefs. While a normal rescoring approach is to multiply or linearly interpolate with belief probabilities, this paper shows that probabilities from various sources are better combined using a nonlinear estimator. Using the proposed model together with a dialogue-state dependent semantic model shows a significant improvement when applying to a Thai interactive hotel reservation agent (TIRA), the first spoken dialogue system in Thai language.

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Bibliographic reference.  Wutiwiwatchai, Chai / Furui, Sadaoki (2004): "Belief-based nonlinear rescoring in Thai speech understanding", In INTERSPEECH-2004, 2129-2133.