Date of Original Version

10-2003

Type

Technical Report

Rights Management

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Abstract or Description

We focus on the problem of learning semantics from multimedia data associated with broad- cast video documents. In this paper we propose to learn semantic concepts from multimodal sources based on style and context detectors, in combination with statistical classifier ensembles. As a case study we present our method for detecting the concept of news subject monologues. This approach had the best average precision performance amongst 26 sub- missions in the 2003 video track of the Text Retrieval Conference benchmark. Experiments were conducted with respect to individual detector contribution, ensemble size, and ranking mechanism. It was found that the combination of detectors is decisive for the final result, although some detectors might appear useless in isolation. Moreover, by using a probabilistic ranking, in combination with a large classfier ensemble, results can be improved even further.

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