5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Exploiting Repair Context in Interactive Error Recovery

Bernhard Suhm, Alex Waibel

Interactive Systems Laboratories Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, USA University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

In current speech applications, facilities to correct recognition errors are limited to either choosing among alternative hypotheses (either by voice or by mouseclick) or respeaking. Information from the context a repair is ignored. We developed a method which improves the accuracy of correcting speech recognition errors interactively by taking into account the context of the repair interaction. The basic idea is to use the same language modeling information used in the initial decoding of continuous speech input for decoding (isolated word) repair input. The repair is not limited to speech, but the user can choose to switch modality, for instance spelling or handwriting a word. We implemented this idea by rescoring N-best lists obtained from decoding the repair input using language model scores for trigrams which include the corrected word. We evaluated the method on a set of repairs by respeaking, spelling and handwriting which we collected with our prototypical continuous speech dictation interface. The method can increase the accuracy of repair significantly, compared to recognizing the repair input as independent event.

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Bibliographic reference.  Suhm, Bernhard / Waibel, Alex (1997): "Exploiting repair context in interactive error recovery", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 1659-1662.