Paper: Understanding Unsegmented User Utterances In Real-Time Spoken Dialogue Systems

ACL ID P99-1026
Title Understanding Unsegmented User Utterances In Real-Time Spoken Dialogue Systems
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1999
Authors

This paper proposes a method for incrementally un- derstanding user utterances whose semantic bound- aries are not known and responding in real time even before boundaries are determined. It is an integrated parsing and discourse processing method that updates the partial result of understanding word by word, enabling responses based on the partial result. This method incrementally finds plausible sequences of utterances that play crucial roles in the task execution of dialogues, and utilizes beam search to deal with the ambiguity of boundaries as well as syntactic and semantic ambiguities. The re- sults of a preliminary experiment demonstrate that this method understands user utterances better than an understanding method that assumes pauses to be semantic boundaries.