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Carlos D. Martínez-Hinarejos, Ramón Granell, José-Miguel Benedí. Segmented and unsegmented dialogue-act annotation with statistical dialogue models. Proceedings of the COLING/ACL 2006 Main Conference Poster Sesions, 2006. pp. 563-570.

Dialogue systems are one of the most challenging applications of Natural Language Processing. In recent years, some statistical dialogue models have been proposed to cope with the dialogue problem. The evaluation of these models is usually performed by using them as annotation models. Many of the works on annotation use information such as the complete sequence of dialogue turns or the correct segmentation of the dialogue. This information is not usually available for dialogue systems. In this work, we propose a statistical model that uses only the information that is usually available and performs the segmentation and annotation at the same time. The results of this model reveal the great influence that the availability of a correct segmentation has in obtaining an accurate annotation of the dialogues.