STREAMLInED Challenges: Aligning Research Interests with Shared Tasks

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This paper describes the use of Shared Task Evaluation Campaigns by designing tasks that are compelling to speech and natural language processing researchers while addressing technical challenges in language documentation and exploiting growing archives of endangered language data.

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Levow, Gina-Anne; Bender, Emily M.; Littell, Patrick; Howell, Kristen; Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi; Crowgey, Joshua et al. March 2017.

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This paper describes the use of Shared Task Evaluation Campaigns by designing tasks that are compelling to speech and natural language processing researchers while addressing technical challenges in language documentation and exploiting growing archives of endangered language data.

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Abstract: While there have been significant improvements in speech and language processing, it remains difficult to bring these new tools to bear on challenges in endangered language documentation. We describe an effort to bridge this gap through Shared Task Evaluation Campaigns (STECs) by designing tasks that are compelling to speech and natural language processing researchers while addressing technical challenges in language documentation and exploiting growing archives of endangered language data. Based on discussions at a recent NSF-funded workshop, we present overarching design principles for these tasks: including realistic settings, diversity of data, accessibility of data and systems, and extensibility, that aim to ensure the utility of the resulting systems. Three planned tasks embodying these principles are highlighted: spanning audio processing, orthographic regularization, and automatic production of interlinear glossed text. The planned data and evaluation methodologies are also presented, motivating each task by its potential to accelerate the work of researchers and archivists working with endangered languages. Finally, we articulate the interest of the tasks to both speech and NLP researchers and speaker communities.

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  • 2nd Workshop on the Use of Computational Methods in the Study of Endangered Languages, March 6-7, 2017. Honolulu, Hawai‘i, USA

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  • Publication Title: Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on the Use of Computational Methods in the Study of Endangered Languages,
  • Pages: 39-47
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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Levow, Gina-Anne; Bender, Emily M.; Littell, Patrick; Howell, Kristen; Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi; Crowgey, Joshua et al. STREAMLInED Challenges: Aligning Research Interests with Shared Tasks, paper, March 2017; Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc991480/: accessed September 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Information.