This publication contains the TDT3 Broadcast News Mandarin Corpus (Audio),
produced by the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC), catalog number LDC2001S95 and
ISBN number 1-58563-186-8. The contents of this publication were recorded from
various 60-minute, twice daily Mandarin news programs from VOA. The
transcripts of these broadcasts will be published in the TDT3 Mandarin Text
and TDT3 Multilanguage Text Corpora.
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 TDT3 corpus was created to support three TDT3 tasks: find topically
homogeneous sections (segmentation), detect the occurrence of new events
(detection), and track the reoccurrence of old or new events (tracking). For
further information on TDT3 please visit our TDT3
The goal of Topic Detection and Tracking - Phase 3 (TDT3) is to create core
technology to monitor multiple streams of news in multiple languages and media
(newswire, radio, television, web sites or some future combination or
innovation), segmenting the streams into individual stories, detecting new
topics and tracking all stories discussing them. In additional to the TDT-2
tasks of segmentation, detection and tracking, TDT3 adds the tasks of first
story detection and story-link detection. The goal of the latter is to detect
links between stories that discuss the same topic even though the topic has not
been defined in advance.
Please see file.tbl for the directory structure of this
publication, as well as a complete list of files.
The data files are recordings of Voice of America (VOA) news broadcasts. The
data were collected daily over a period of three months (October-December 1998). The audio files in this corpus are single channel, 16 KHz, 16-bit
linear SPHERE files.
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