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A new approach to automatic speech summarization

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2 Author(s)
Hori, C. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Tokyo Inst. of Technol., Japan ; Furui, S.

This paper proposes a new automatic speech summarization method. In this method, a set of words maximizing a summarization score is extracted from automatically transcribed speech. This extraction is performed according to a target compression ratio using a dynamic programming (DP) technique. The extracted set of words is then connected to build a summarization sentence. The summarization score consists of a word significance measure, a confidence measure, linguistic likelihood, and a word concatenation probability. The word concatenation score is determined by a dependency structure in the original speech given by stochastic dependency context free grammar (SDCFG). Japanese broadcast news speech transcribed using a large-vocabulary continuous-speech recognition (LVCSR) system is summarized using our proposed method and compared with manual summarization by human subjects. The manual summarization results are combined to build a word network. This word network is used to calculate the word accuracy of each automatic summarization result using the most similar word string in the network. Experimental results show that the proposed method effectively extracts relatively important information by removing redundant and irrelevant information.

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Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 3 )