I-vector based language modeling for query representation

Kuan Yu Chen, Hsin Min Wang, Berlin Chen, Hsin His Chen

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Since more and more multimedia data associated with spoken documents have been made available to the public, spoken document retrieval (SDR) has become an important research subject in the past two decades. Following the research tendency, many efforts have been devoted towards developing indexing and modeling techniques for representing spoken documents, but only few have been made on improving query formulation for better representing users' information needs. The i-vector based language modeling (IVLM) framework, stemming from the state-of-the-art i-vector framework for language identification and speaker recognition, has been proposed and formulated to represent documents in SDR with good promise recently. However, a major challenge of using IVLM for query modeling is that a query usually consists of only a few words; thus, it is hard to learn a reliable representation accordingly. In this paper, we focus our attention on query reformulation and propose three novel methods on top of IVLM to more accurately represent users' information needs. In addition, we also explore the use of multi-levels of index features, including word- and subword-level units, to work in concert with the proposed methods. A series of empirical SDR experiments conducted on the TDT-2 (Topic Detection and Tracking) collection demonstrate the good effectiveness of our proposed methods as compared to existing state-of-the-art methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2015 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781467369978
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Aug 4
Event40th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2015 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 2014 Apr 192014 Apr 24

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1520-6149


Other40th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2015


  • Spoken document retrieval
  • i-vector
  • language modeling
  • query representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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