Semi-supervised learning for spoken language understanding using semantic role labeling

Gokhan Tur, Dilek Hakkani-Tür, Ananlada Chotimongkol

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Abstract

In a goal-oriented spoken dialog system, the major aim of language understanding is to classify utterances into one or more of the pre-defined intents and extract the associated named entities. Typically, the intents are designed by a human expert according to the application domain. Furthermore, these systems are trained using large amounts of data manually labeled using an already prepared labeling guide. In this paper, we propose a semi-supervised spoken language understanding approach based on the task-independent semantic role labeling of the utterances. The goal is to extract the predicates and the associated arguments from spoken language by using semantic role labeling and determine the intents based on these predicate/argument pairs. We propose an iterative approach using the automatically labeled utterances with semantic roles as the seed training data for intent classification. We have evaluated this understanding approach using two AT&T spoken dialog system applications used for customer care. We have shown that the semantic parses obtained without using any syntactically or semantically labeled in-domain data can represent the semantic intents without a need for manual intent and labeling guide design and labeling phases. Using this approach on automatic speech recognizer transcriptions, for both applications, we have achieved the 86.5% of the performance of a classification model trained with thousands of labeled utterances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of ASRU 2005
Subtitle of host publication2005 IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages232-237
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0780394798, 9780780394797
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventASRU 2005: 2005 IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Nov 27 2005Dec 1 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of ASRU 2005: 2005 IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop
Volume2005

Conference

ConferenceASRU 2005: 2005 IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop
Country/TerritoryMexico
CityCancun
Period11/27/0512/1/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering

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