Exploring the use of latent topical information for statistical Chinese spoken document retrieval

Berlin Chen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Information retrieval which aims to provide people with easy access to all kinds of information is now becoming more and more emphasized. However, most approaches to information retrieval are primarily based on literal term matching and operate in a deterministic manner. Thus their performance is often limited due to the problems of vocabulary mismatch and not able to be steadily improved through use. In order to overcome these drawbacks as well as to enhance the retrieval performance, in this paper, we explore the use of topical mixture model for statistical Chinese spoken document retrieval. Various kinds of model structures and learning approaches were extensively investigated. In addition, the retrieval capabilities were verified by comparison with the probabilistic latent semantic analysis model, vector space model and latent semantic indexing model, as well as our previously presented HMM/N-gram retrieval model. The experiments were performed on the TDT Chinese collections (TDT-2 and TDT-3). Noticeable improvements in retrieval performance were obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-18
Number of pages10
JournalPattern Recognition Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jan 1


  • HMM/N-gram retrieval model
  • Information retrieval
  • Latent semantic indexing model
  • Probabilistic latent semantic analysis model
  • Topical mixture model
  • Vector space model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence


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