This paper presents a deep neural network (DNN) approach to sentence boundary detection in broadcast news. We extract prosodic and lexical features at each inter-word position in the transcripts and learn a sequential classifier to label these positions as either boundary or non-boundary. This work is realized by a hybrid DNN-CRF (conditional random field) architecture. The DNN accepts prosodic feature inputs and non-linearly maps them into boundary/non-boundary posterior probability outputs. Subsequently, the posterior probabilities are combined with lexical features and the integrated features are modeled by a linear-chain CRF. The CRF finally labels the inter-word positions as boundary or non-boundary by Viterbi decoding. Experiments show that, as compared with the state-of-the-art DTCRF approach, the proposed DNN-CRF approach achieves 16.7% and 4.1% reduction in NIST boundary detection error in reference and speech recognition transcripts, respectively.
Bibliographic reference. Xu, Chenglin / Xie, Lei / Huang, Guangpu / Xiao, Xiong / Chng, Eng Siong / Li, Haizhou (2014): "A deep neural network approach for sentence boundary detection in broadcast news", In INTERSPEECH-2014, 2887-2891.