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Segmenting Meetings into Agenda Items by Extracting Implicit Supervision from Human Note–Taking

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posted on 2007-05-01, 00:00 authored by Satanjeev Banerjee, Alexander RudnickyAlexander Rudnicky

Splitting a meeting into segments such that each segment contains discussions on exactly one agenda item is useful for tasks such as retrieval and summarization of agenda item discussions. However, accurate topic segmentation of meetings is a difficult task. In this paper, we investigate the idea of acquiring implicit supervision from human meeting participants to solve the segmentation problem. Specifically we have implemented and tested a note taking interface that gives value to users by helping them organize and retrieve their notes easily, but that also extracts a segmentation of the meeting based on note taking behavior. We show that the segmentation so obtained achieves a Pk value of 0.212 which improves upon an unsupervised baseline by 45% relative, and compares favorably with a current state–of–the–art algorithm. Most importantly, we achieve this performance without any features or algorithms in the classic sense.