TDT2 English Audio

Item Name: TDT2 English Audio
Authors: David Graff
LDC Catalog No.: LDC99S84
ISBN: 1-58563-543-X
Data Type: speech
Data Source(s): broadcast news
Project(s): EARS, GALE, TDT, TIDES
Application(s): speech recognition, topic detection and tracking
Language(s): English
Language ID(s): eng
Distribution: 13 DVD
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Citation: David Graff
TDT2 English Audio
Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia

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  • Introduction

    Topic Detection and Tracking (TDT) refers to automatic techniques for finding topically related material in streams of data such as newswire and broadcast news. The TDT2 corpus was created to support three TDT2 tasks: find topically homogeneous sections (segmentation), detect the occurrrence of new events (detection), and track the reoccurrencce of old or new events (tracking). For further information on TDT2 please visit our TDT2 Information Pages.


    The TDT2 Audio Corpus contains a total of 1,036 waveform files. Each file is a complete single-channel recording of 30- or 60-minute broadcast, which has been digitized at a sample rate of 16 KHz using 16-bit samples.

    The four broadcast sources represented in the corpus are as follows:

    Source Program Format/frequency ---------------------------------------------------- ABC World News Tonight "traditional" network news, 30 minutes/day CNN Headline News continuous news summaries, up to 4 30-minute samples/day PRI The World "in-depth" radio news, 60 minutes/weekday VOA varied 60-minute news programs, up to 2/day


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