Ninth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
September 17-21, 2006

Exploiting Semantic Relations for a Spoken Language Understanding Application

Catherine Kobus (1,2), Geraldine Damnati (1), Lionel Delphin-Poulat (1), Renato De Mori (2)

(1) France Telecom, France; (2) LIA, Avignon, France

This article proposes a new confidence measure estimated for concept hypotheses provided by a semantic language model used in the context of a dialog application. This confidence measure is based upon the ontology and more precisely, upon the semantic relations between concepts. It aims at measuring how high a concept hypothesis is related to the other hypotheses of an utterance. The semantic relation confidence measure is evaluated alone, and in combination with a classical acoustic confidence measure. The two measures are also used as parameters of a decision tree. It is shown that the two confidence measures are complementary and yield good performance in terms of cross entropy relative reduction.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kobus, Catherine / Damnati, Geraldine / Delphin-Poulat, Lionel / Mori, Renato De (2006): "Exploiting semantic relations for a spoken language understanding application", In INTERSPEECH-2006, paper 1269-Tue2A2O.3.