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"The need for Technology Evaluation in Language and Speech Engineering"


Patrick Paroubek.

The need for Technology Evaluation as assessed by ELSE (Evaluation in Language and Speech Engineering") will be presented. The following questions will be addressed: Why does the field of Language Engineering needs to have comparative evaluation? Where does Technology Evaluation appears in the global development life-cycle of a product (from the research lab to the end-user) ? What are the pitfall to avoid and the expected benefits of implementing Technology Evaluation on a large scale ? What should we conclude from the recent European experiments ? Why a quantitative black-box approach is essential ? How is it complementatry to other approaches, like for instance more user-oriented evaluation ? The conclusion will offer for discussion a proposition for implementing quantitative black-box comparative evaluation in FP5.