WiSeBE: Window-Based Sentence Boundary Evaluation

  • Carlos-Emiliano González-Gallardo
  • Juan-Manuel Torres-Moreno
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11289)


Sentence Boundary Detection (SBD) has been a major research topic since Automatic Speech Recognition transcripts have been used for further Natural Language Processing tasks like Part of Speech Tagging, Question Answering or Automatic Summarization. But what about evaluation? Do standard evaluation metrics like precision, recall, F-score or classification error; and more important, evaluating an automatic system against a unique reference is enough to conclude how well a SBD system is performing given the final application of the transcript? In this paper we propose Window-based Sentence Boundary Evaluation (WiSeBE), a semi-supervised metric for evaluating Sentence Boundary Detection systems based on multi-reference (dis)agreement. We evaluate and compare the performance of different SBD systems over a set of Youtube transcripts using WiSeBE and standard metrics. This double evaluation gives an understanding of how WiSeBE is a more reliable metric for the SBD task.


Sentence Boundary Detection Evaluation Transcripts Human judgment 



We would like to acknowledge the support of CHIST-ERA for funding this work through the Access Multilingual Information opinionS (AMIS), (France - Europe) project.

We also like to acknowledge the support given by the Prof. Hanifa Boucheneb from VERIFORM Laboratory (École Polytechnique de Montréal).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos-Emiliano González-Gallardo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Juan-Manuel Torres-Moreno
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.LIA - Université d’Avignon et des Pays de VaucluseAvignonFrance
  2. 2.Département de GIGL, École Polytechnique de MontréalMontréalCanada

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