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Detection and Interpretation of Opinion Expressions in Spoken Surveys

Abstract : —This paper describes a system for automatic opinion analysis from spoken messages collected in the context of a user satisfaction survey. Opinion analysis is performed from the perspective of opinion monitoring. A process is outlined for detecting segments expressing opinions in a speech signal. Methods are proposed for accepting or rejecting segments from messages that are not reliably analyzed due to the limitations of automatic speech recognition processes, for assigning opinion hypotheses to segments and for evaluating hypothesis opinion proportions. Specific language models are introduced for representing opinion concepts. These models are used for hypothesizing opinion carrying segments in a spoken message. Each segment is interpreted by a classifier based on the Adaboost algorithm which associates a pair of topic and polarity labels to each segment. The different processes are trained and evaluated on a telephone corpus collected in a deployed customer care service. The use of conditional random fields (CRFs) is also considered for detecting segments and results are compared for different types of data and approaches. By optimizing the choice of the strategy parameters, it is possible to estimate user opinion proportions with a Kullback–Leibler divergence of 0.047 bits with respect to the true proportions obtained with a manual annotation of the spoken messages. The proportions estimated with such a low divergence are accurate enough for monitoring user satisfaction over time. Index Terms—Automatic detection of in-domain speech data, automatic processing of telephone surveys, automatic speech recognition , spoken language understanding, spoken opinion analysis.
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Nathalie Camelin, Frederic Bechet, Géraldine Damnati, Renato de Mori. Detection and Interpretation of Opinion Expressions in Spoken Surveys. IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2010, ⟨10.1109/TASL.2009.2028918⟩. ⟨hal-01314505⟩



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