Paper: Recent Improvements In The CMU Spoken Language Understanding System

ACL ID H94-1039
Title Recent Improvements In The CMU Spoken Language Understanding System
Venue Human Language Technologies
Session Main Conference
Year 1994
Authors

We have been developing a spoken language system to recognize and understand spontaneous speech. It is difficult for such systems to achieve good coverage of the lexicon and grammar that subjects might use because spontaneous speech often contains disfluencies and ungrammatical constructions. Our goal is to respond appropri- ately to input, even though coverage is not complete. The natural language component of our system is oriented toward the extraction of information relevant to a task, and seeks to directly optimize the correctness of the extracted information (and therefore the system response). We use a flexible frame-based parser, which parses as much of the input as possible. This approach leads both to high accuracy and robustness. We have implemented a version of this system for ...