Rapid Update of Multilingual Deep Neural Network for Low-Resource Keyword Search

Chongjia Ni, Lei Wang, Cheung-Chi Leung, Feng Rao, Li Lu, Bin Ma, Haizhou Li

This paper proposes an approach to rapidly update a multilingual deep neural network (DNN) acoustic model for low-resource keyword search (KWS). We use submodular data selection to select a small amount of multilingual data which covers diverse acoustic conditions and is acoustically close to a low-resource target language. The selected multilingual data together with a small amount of the target language data are then used to rapidly update the readily available multilingual DNN. Moreover, the weighted cross-entropy criterion is applied to update the multilingual DNN to obtain the acoustic model for the target language. To verify the proposed approach, experiments were conducted based on four speech corpora (including Cantonese, Pashto, Turkish, and Tagalog) provided by the IARPA Babel program and the OpenKWS14 Tamil corpus. The 3-hour very limited language pack (VLLP) of the Tamil corpus is considered as the target language, while the other four speech corpora are viewed as multilingual sources. Comparing with the traditional cross-lingual transfer approach, the proposed approach achieved a 19% relative improvement in actual term weighted value on the 15-hour evaluation set in the VLLP condition, when a word-based or word-morph mixed language model was used. Furthermore, the proposed approach was observed to have similar performance as the KWS system based on the acoustic model built using the target language and all multilingual data from scratch, but with shorter training time.

DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2016-53

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Ni, C., Wang, L., Leung, C., Rao, F., Lu, L., Ma, B., Li, H. (2016) Rapid Update of Multilingual Deep Neural Network for Low-Resource Keyword Search. Proc. Interspeech 2016, 3698-3702.

author={Chongjia Ni and Lei Wang and Cheung-Chi Leung and Feng Rao and Li Lu and Bin Ma and Haizhou Li},
title={Rapid Update of Multilingual Deep Neural Network for Low-Resource Keyword Search},
booktitle={Interspeech 2016},