Training a Prosody-Based Dialog Act Tagger from Unlabeled Data


Venkataraman, A., Ferrer, L., Stolcke, A., & Shriberg, E. (2003, April). Training a prosody-based dialog act tagger from unlabeled data. In 2003 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, 2003. Proceedings.(ICASSP’03). (Vol. 1, pp. I-I). IEEE.


Dialog act tagging is an important step toward speech understanding, yet training such taggers usually requires large amounts of data labeled by linguistic experts. Here we investigate the use of unlabeled data for training HMM-based dialog act taggers. Three techniques are shown to be effective for bootstrapping a tagger from very small amounts of labeled data: iterative relabeling and retraining on unlabeled data; a dialog grammar to model dialog act context, and a model of the prosodic correlates of dialog acts. On the SPINE dialog corpus, the combined use of prosodic information and unlabeled data reduces the tagging error between 12 and 16 pct, compared to baseline systems using word information and various amounts of labeled data only.

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