Accessing Information in Spoken Audio

April 19-20, 1999
Cambridge, UK

Statistical Annotation of Named Entities in Spoken Audio

Yoshihiko Gotoh and Steve Renals

Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, UK

In this paper we describe stochastic finite state model for named entity (NE) identification, based on explicit word-level n-gram relations. NE categories are incorporated in the model as word attributes. We present an overview of the approach, describing how the extensible vocabulary model may be used for NE identification. We report development and evaluation results on a North American Broadcast News task. This approach resulted in average precision and recall scores of around 83% on hand transcribed data, and 73% on the SPRACH recogniser output. We also present an error analysis and a comparison of our approach with an alternative statistical approach.

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Bibliographic reference.  Gotoh, Yoshihiko / Renals, Steve (1999): "Statistical Annotation of Named Entities in Spoken Audio", In Access-Audio-1999, 43-48.