An Optimization Based Approach for Solving Spoken CALL Shared Task

Mohammad Ateeq, Abualsoud Hanani, Aziz Qaroush

In this paper, we are describing our developed systems for the 2018 SLaTE CALL Shared Task on grammatical and linguistic assessment of English spoken by German-speaking Swiss teenagers. The English spoken response is converted to text using baseline English DNN-HMM ASR trained on the shared task training data and another two commercial ASRs (Google and Microsoft Bing). The produced transcription is assessed in terms of language and meaning errors. In this work, we focused on the text-processing component. Grammatical errors are detected using English grammar checker, part of speech analysis and extracting incorrect bi-grams from grammatically incorrect responses. Errors related to the meaning are detected using novel approaches which measure the similarity between the given response and stored set of reference responses. The outputs of several systems have been fused together into one overall system, where the fusion weights and parameters are tuned using genetic algorithm. The best result on the 2018 shared task test dataset is D-score of 14.41, which was achieved by the fused system and the optimized set of incorrect bi-grams.

 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2018-1328

Cite as: Ateeq, M., Hanani, A., Qaroush, A. (2018) An Optimization Based Approach for Solving Spoken CALL Shared Task. Proc. Interspeech 2018, 2369-2373, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2018-1328.

  author={Mohammad Ateeq and Abualsoud Hanani and Aziz Qaroush},
  title={An Optimization Based Approach for Solving Spoken CALL Shared Task},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2018},