TDT4 Multilingual Broadcast News Speech Corpus

Item Name: TDT4 Multilingual Broadcast News Speech Corpus
Authors: Junbo Kong and David Graff
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2005S11
ISBN: 1-58563-338-0
Release Date: May 15, 2005
Data Type: speech
Sample Rate: 16000 Hz
Sampling Format: 2-channel
Data Source(s): broadcast news
Project(s): GALE, TDT, TIDES
Language(s): English, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Standard Arabic
Language ID(s): arb, eng
Distribution: 12 DVD
Member fee: $0 for 2005 members
Non-member Fee: US $19000.00
Reduced-License Fee: US $9500.00
Extra-Copy Fee: US $2400.00
Non-member License: yes
Online documentation: yes
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Citation: Junbo Kong and David Graff
TDT4 Multilingual Broadcast News Speech Corpus
Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia


This file contains documentation about the TDT4 Multilingual Broadcast News Speech Corpus; Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) catalog number LDC2005S11, ISBN number 1-58563-338-0.

This corpus was created by Linguistic Data Consortium with support from the DARPA TIDES (Translingual Information Detection, Extraction and Summarization) Program. This release contains the complete set of American English, Modern Standard Arabic and Mandarin Chinese broadcast news audio used in the 2002 and 2003 Topic Detection and Tracking technology evaluations. The transcripts corresponding to the audio contained in this release, along with newswire data and topic relevance annotations, can be found in LDC Publication LDC2005T16, TDT4 Multilingual Text and Annotations.

Topic Detection and Tracking (TDT) refers to automatic techniques for finding topically related material in streams of data such as newswire and broadcast news. Evaluation tasks in 2002 and 2003 included the segmentation of a news source into stories, the tracking of known topics, the detection of unknown topics, the detection of initial stories on unknown topics, and the detection of pairs of stories on the same topic. Complete documentation on the TDT evaluation program can be found on NIST's TDT website.

For further information about corpora and annotations to support the TDT Program visit LDC's TDT information pages.


Please examine these wave files for an example of this corpus.


The initial July 2005 release contained an error in which a small number of files were misnamed. This error has been corrected. Customers who recevied the original should have also received the correction. If you ordered this publication before Nov. 1, 2005 and have not received a correction, please contact the LDC Membership Coordinator at

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