Detecting Uncertainty in Spoken Dialogues: An explorative research for the automatic detection of speaker uncertainty by using prosodic markers


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Dral, Jeroen and Heylen, Dirk and Akker op den, Rieks (2011) Detecting Uncertainty in Spoken Dialogues: An explorative research for the automatic detection of speaker uncertainty by using prosodic markers. In: Affective Computing and Sentiment Analysis. Text, Speech, and Language Analysis, 45 . Springer Verlag, London, pp. 67-77. ISBN 9789400717565

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Abstract:This paper reports results in automatic detection of speaker uncertainty in spoken dialogues by using prosodic markers. For this purpose a substantial part of the AMI corpus (a multi-modal multi-party meeting corpus) has been selected and converted to a suitable format so its data could be analyzed for a selected set of prosodic features. In the absence of relevant stance annotations on (un)certainty, lexical markers (hedges) have been used to mark utterances as (un)certain. Results show that prosodic features can indeed be used to detect speaker uncertainty in spoken dialogues. The classifiers can tell uncertain from neutral utterances with an accuracy of 75% which is 25% over the baseline.
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/79612
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-1757-2_6
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