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Title A Corpus for Modeling Word Importance in Spoken Dialogue Transcripts
Authors Sushant Kafle and Matt Huenerfauth
Abstract Motivated by a project to create a system for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing that would use automatic speech recognition (ASR) to produce real-time text captions of spoken English during in-person meetings with hearing individuals, we have augmented a transcript of the Switchboard conversational dialogue corpus with an overlay of word-importance annotations, with a numeric score for each word, to indicate its importance to the meaning of each dialogue turn. Further, we demonstrate the utility of this corpus by training an automatic word importance labeling model; our best performing model has an F-score of 0.60 in an ordinal 6-class word-importance classification task with an agreement (concordance correlation coefficient) of 0.839 with the human annotators (agreement score between annotators is 0.89). Finally, we discuss our intended future applications of this resource, particularly for the task of evaluating ASR performance, i.e. creating metrics that predict ASR-output caption text usability for DHH users better thanWord Error Rate (WER).
Topics Evaluation Methodologies, Statistical And Machine Learning Methods, Corpus (Creation, Annotation, Etc.)
Full paper A Corpus for Modeling Word Importance in Spoken Dialogue Transcripts
Bibtex @InProceedings{KAFLE18.187,
  author = {Sushant Kafle and Matt Huenerfauth},
  title = "{A Corpus for Modeling Word Importance in Spoken Dialogue Transcripts}",
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018)},
  year = {2018},
  month = {May 7-12, 2018},
  address = {Miyazaki, Japan},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference chair) and Khalid Choukri and Christopher Cieri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Koiti Hasida and Hitoshi Isahara and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Hélène Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis and Takenobu Tokunaga},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  isbn = {979-10-95546-00-9},
  language = {english}
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