15th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

September 14-18, 2014

Detecting Out-of-Domain Utterances Addressed to a Virtual Personal Assistant

Gokhan Tur, Anoop Deoras, Dilek Hakkani-Tür

Microsoft, USA

Using different sources of information for grammar induction results in grammars that vary in coverage and precision. Fusing such grammars with a strategy that exploits their strengths while minimizing their weaknesses is expected to produce grammars with superior performance. We focus on the fusion of grammars produced using a knowledge-based approach using lexicalized ontologies and a data-driven approach using semantic similarity clustering. We propose various algorithms for finding the mapping between the (non-terminal) rules generated by each grammar induction algorithm, followed by rule fusion. Three fusion approaches are investigated: early, mid and late fusion. Results show that late fusion provides the best relative F-measure performance improvement by 20%.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tur, Gokhan / Deoras, Anoop / Hakkani-Tür, Dilek (2014): "Detecting out-of-domain utterances addressed to a virtual personal assistant", In INTERSPEECH-2014, 283-287.