Natural language speech lattice containing semantic variants

  • US 7,873,519 B2
  • Filed: 10/31/2007
  • Issued: 01/18/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/12/1999
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of populating a natural language speech lattice with semantically variant questions, the method comprising the steps of:

  • (a) defining a first set of topic questions associated with content of a task domain to be supported by the natural language speech lattice;

    wherein said first set of topic questions also each have at least one corresponding topic answer which can be provided by a speech based natural language system for the task domain in response to a speech based query;

    (b) for each topic question;

    i) dividing the topic question into a plurality of words corresponding to the topic question;

    ii) determining semantically related words for each word in said plurality of words;

    iii) formulating a semantic set of questions related to the topic question based on said semantically related words;

    iv) performing semantic decoding on said semantic set of questions for the topic question, to identify a disambiguated set of questions appropriate for the topic question;

    v) storing said set of disambiguated questions for the topic question in a speech recognition lattice;

    (c) repeating step for each topic question in said first set of topic questions;

    wherein said set of disambiguated questions for said first set of topic questions correspond to semantic variants of speech based queries that are supported by said speech based natural language system for the task domain.

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