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Exploiting Chinese character models to improve speech recognition performance

Hieronymus, JL and Liu, X and Gales, MJF and Woodland, PC (2009) Exploiting Chinese character models to improve speech recognition performance. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH. pp. 364-367. ISSN 1990-9772

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Abstract

The Chinese language is based on characters which are syllabic in nature. Since languages have syllabotactic rules which govern the construction of syllables and their allowed sequences, Chinese character sequence models can be used as a first level approximation of allowed syllable sequences. N-gram character sequence models were trained on 4.3 billion characters. Characters are used as a first level recognition unit with multiple pronunciations per character. For comparison the CU-HTK Mandarin word based system was used to recognize words which were then converted to character sequences. The character only system error rates for one best recognition were slightly worse than word based character recognition. However combining the two systems using log-linear combination gives better results than either system separately. An equally weighted combination gave consistent CER gains of 0.1-0.2% absolute over the word based standard system. Copyright © 2009 ISCA.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Combining Chinese character and word models Mandarin Chinese character modeling Mandarin Chinese speech recognition
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div F > Machine Intelligence
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:48
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:37
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