Paper: Modeling Norms of Turn-Taking in Multi-Party Conversation

ACL ID P10-1102
Title Modeling Norms of Turn-Taking in Multi-Party Conversation
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2010

Substantial research effort has been in- vested in recent decades into the com- putational study and automatic process- ing of multi-party conversation. While most aspects of conversational speech have benefited from a wide availabil- ity of analytic, computationally tractable techniques, only qualitative assessments are available for characterizing multi-party turn-taking. The current paper attempts to address this deficiency by first proposing a framework for computing turn-taking model perplexity, and then by evaluat- ing several multi-participant modeling ap- proaches. Experiments show that direct multi-participant models do not general- ize to held out data, and likely never will, for practical reasons. In contrast, the Extended-Degree-of-Overlap model rep- resents a suitable candidat...