Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

Optimizing User Experience Through Design of the Spoken Language Understanding (SLU) Module

Maria Gabriela Alvarez-Ryan, Narendra Gupta, Barbara Hollister, Tirso Alonso

AT&T Labs Research, USA

We describe a case study depicting two different strategies for creating a spoken language understanding (SLU) module for a complex telecommunications natural language application. During Phase 1 we created an Annotation Guide that defines semantic call-types and uses these call-types to train the SLU. In Phase 2 we separated the process of creating the Annotation Guide from the training of the SLU. We designed the Annotation Guide with granular and hierarchical call-types that could be combined easily. After the data was labeled, we followed an iterative process of building SLUs with different configurations of the Annotation Guide call-types until we found the SLU that performed the best, given the application requirements. To evaluate the performance of the SLU, we relied on the overall F-Measure traditionally used for technical evaluations. In addition, we considered the F-Measures for the individual call-types. The goal was to have the largest number of application-specific call-types with F-Measures of 70.0 and higher. The results indicated that the Phase 2 SLU far surpassed the performance of the Phase 1 SLU.

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Bibliographic reference.  Alvarez-Ryan, Maria Gabriela / Gupta, Narendra / Hollister, Barbara / Alonso, Tirso (2005): "Optimizing user experience through design of the spoken language understanding (SLU) module", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 2513-2516.