11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Data-Dependent Evaluator Modeling and Its Application to Emotional Valence Classification from Speech

Kartik Audhkhasi, Shrikanth S. Narayanan

University of Southern California, USA

Practical supervised learning scenarios involving subjectively evaluated data have multiple evaluators, each giving their noisy version of the hidden ground truth. Majority logic combination of labels assumes equally skilled evaluators, and is generally suboptimal. Previously proposed models have assumed data independent evaluator behavior. This paper presents a data dependent evaluator model, and an algorithm to jointly learn evaluator behavior and a classifier. This model is based on the intuition that real world evaluators have varying performance depending on the data. Experiments on an emotional valence classification task show modest performance improvements of the proposed algorithm as compared to the majority logic baseline and a data independent evaluator model. But more critically, the algorithm also provides accurate estimates of individual evaluator performance, thus paving the way for incorporating active learning, evaluator feedback and unreliable data detection.

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Bibliographic reference.  Audhkhasi, Kartik / Narayanan, Shrikanth S. (2010): "Data-dependent evaluator modeling and its application to emotional valence classification from speech", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 2366-2369.