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Natural language & AI

1998 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing


Jon Yamron, I. Carp, L. Gillick, S. Lowe, and Paul van Mulbregt

A Hidden Markov Model Approach to Text Segmentation and Event Tracking


Continuing progress in the automatic transcription of broadcast speech via speech recognition has raised the possibility of applying information retrieval techniques to the resulting (errorful) text. For these techniques to be easily applicable, it is highly desirable that the transcripts be segmented into stories. This paper introduces a general methodology based on HMMs and on classical language modeling techniques for automatically inferring story boundaries and for retrieving stories relating to a specific event. In this preliminary work, we report some highly promising results on accurate text. Future work will apply these techniques to errorful transcripts

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