14thAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Lyon, France
August 25-29, 2013

Classification of Cooperative and Competitive Overlaps in Speech Using Cues from the Context, Overlapper, and Overlappee

Khiet P. Truong

University of Twente, The Netherlands

One of the major properties of overlapping speech is that it can be perceived as competitive or cooperative. For the development of real-time spoken dialog systems and the analysis of affective and social human behavior in conversations, it is important to (automatically) distinguish between these two types of overlap. We investigate acoustic characteristics of cooperative and competitive overlaps with the aim to develop automatic classifiers for the classification of overlaps. In addition to acoustic features, we also use information from gaze and head movement annotations. Contexts preceding and during the overlap are taken into account, as well as the behaviors of both the overlapper and the overlappee. We compare various feature sets in classification experiments that are performed on the AMI corpus. The best performances obtained lie around 27%.30% EER.

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Bibliographic reference.  Truong, Khiet P. (2013): "Classification of cooperative and competitive overlaps in speech using cues from the context, overlapper, and overlappee", In INTERSPEECH-2013, 1404-1408.