Matthias Woelfel


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A Comparative Cross-Domain Study of the Occurrence of Laughter in Meeting and Seminar Corpora
Susanne Burger | Kornel Laskowski | Matthias Woelfel
Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'08)

Laughter is an intrinsic component of human-human interaction, and current automatic speech understanding paradigms stand to gain significantly from its detection and modeling. In the current work, we produce a manual segmentation of laughter in a large corpus of interactive multi-party seminars, which promises to be a valuable resource for acoustic modeling purposes. More importantly, we quantify the occurrence of laughter in this new domain, and contrast our observations with findings for laughter in multi-party meetings. Our analyses show that, with respect to the majority of measures we explore, the occurrence of laughter in both domains is quite similar.