11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Phoneme Lattice Based TextTiling Towards Multilingual Story Segmentation

Xiaoxuan Wang (1), Lei Xie (1), Bin Ma (2), Eng Siong Chng (3), Haizhou Li (2)

(1) Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
(2) A*STAR, Singapore
(3) Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

This paper proposes a phoneme lattice based TextTiling approach towards multilingual story segmentation. The phoneme is the smallest segmental unit in a language and the number of phonemes in a language is usually far smaller than the number of words. Furthermore, many phonemes are shared by different languages. These properties make phonemes particularly appropriate for representing multilingual speech. As phoneme recognition is far from perfect, phoneme lattices, which carry much richer statistics than the 1-best hypotheses, are adopted in this paper as the input to the TextTiling approach. The term frequencies used in traditional TextTiling are replaced by the expected counts of phoneme n-gram units calculated from phoneme lattices. Experiments on TDT2 English and Mandarin corpora show that the phoneme lattice based TextTiling outperforms the phoneme 1-best based TextTiling and word based TextTiling in broadcast news story segmentation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Wang, Xiaoxuan / Xie, Lei / Ma, Bin / Chng, Eng Siong / Li, Haizhou (2010): "Phoneme lattice based texttiling towards multilingual story segmentation", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 1305-1308.