Exploring the use of significant words language modeling for spoken document retrieval

Ying Wen Chen, Kuan Yu Chen, Hsin Min Wang, Berlin Chen

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Owing to the rapid global access to tremendous amounts of multimedia associated with speech information on the Internet, spoken document retrieval (SDR) has become an emerging application recently. Apart from much effort devoted to developing robust indexing and modeling techniques for spoken documents, a recent line of research targets at enriching and reformulating query representations in an attempt to enhance retrieval effectiveness. In practice, pseudo-relevance feedback is by far the most prevalent paradigm for query reformulation, which assumes that top-ranked feedback documents obtained from the initial round of retrieval are potentially relevant and can be exploited to reformulate the original query. Continuing this line of research, the paper presents a novel modeling framework, which aims at discovering significant words occurring in the feedback documents, to infer an enhanced query language model for SDR. Formally, the proposed framework targets at extracting the essential words representing a common notion of relevance (i.e., the significant words which occur in almost all of the feedback documents), so as to deduce a new query language model that captures these significant words and meanwhile modulates the influence of both highly frequent words and too specific words. Experiments conducted on a benchmark SDR task demonstrate the performance merits of our proposed framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2889-2893
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1
Event18th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2017 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 2017 Aug 202017 Aug 24



  • Pseudo relevance feedback
  • Query model
  • Significant words

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Signal Processing
  • Software
  • Modelling and Simulation

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