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Title: Online text mining for conversational speech recognition
Authors: Thong, Kian Hoong.
Keywords: DRNTU::Engineering::Computer science and engineering::Computing methodologies::Pattern recognition
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: Conversational text is a highly varied, and many abbreviations and short forms exist in different languages. To manually enter every single possible term would be difficult, and chances are that certain terms would be missed out. This makes the compilation of conversational texts a difficult task. This project aims to utilize cutting-edge search engines of today, like Google and Bing, to crawl the web for conversational texts to add to the Language Model. It also utilizes certain methods to minimize the clutter that’s present in the final text that will be input into the Language Model. Much research was done into understanding the three aspects of this project, namely: Web-crawling, normalization and language modeling. Relying on academic literature and the internet, the web-crawler was developed to fulfill the needs of obtaining a conversational corpus. It uses filtering and history tracking to ensure that the data is readable and non-repeated. At the conclusion of this project, a substantial amount of data was collected from the Internet, using a combination of normalization techniques and APIs used for web-crawling. The data was then used to generate a language model which was run against the test data. The resulting perplexity would entail if the crawled data would have an improved perplexity over the manually transcribed training data. This report contains all the research and data used to optimize the search engine program, as well as reflections of lessons learnt throughout this process.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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