8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Geneva, Switzerland
September 1-4, 2003


Combination of CFG and N-Gram Modeling in Semantic Grammar Learning

Ye-Yi Wang, Alex Acero

Microsoft Research, USA

SGStudio is a grammar authoring tool that eases semantic grammar development. It is capable of integrating different information sources and learning from annotated examples to induct CFG rules. In this paper, we investigate a modification to its underlying model by replacing CFG rules with n-gram statistical models. The new model is a composite of HMM and CFG. The advantages of the new model include its built-in robust feature and its scalability to an n-gram classifier when the understanding does not involve slot filling. We devised a decoder for the model. Preliminary results show that the new model achieved 32% error reduction in high resolution understanding.

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Bibliographic reference.  Wang, Ye-Yi / Acero, Alex (2003): "Combination of CFG and n-gram modeling in semantic grammar learning", In EUROSPEECH-2003, 2809-2812.