A Nonparametric Bayesian Approach for Spoken Term Detection by Example Query

Amir Hossein Harati Nejad Torbati, Joseph Picone


State of the art speech recognition systems use data-intensive context-dependent phonemes as acoustic units. However, these approaches do not translate well to low resourced languages where large amounts of training data is not available. For such languages, automatic discovery of acoustic units is critical. In this paper, we demonstrate the application of nonparametric Bayesian models to acoustic unit discovery. We show that the discovered units are correlated with phonemes and therefore are linguistically meaningful.

We also present a spoken term detection (STD) by example query algorithm based on these automatically learned units. We show that our proposed system produces a P@N of 61.2% and an EER of 13.95% on the TIMIT dataset. The improvement in the EER is 5% while P@N is only slightly lower than the best reported system in the literature.


DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2016-315

Cite as

Torbati, A.H.H.N., Picone, J. (2016) A Nonparametric Bayesian Approach for Spoken Term Detection by Example Query. Proc. Interspeech 2016, 928-932.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Torbati+2016,
author={Amir Hossein Harati Nejad Torbati and Joseph Picone},
title={A Nonparametric Bayesian Approach for Spoken Term Detection by Example Query},
year=2016,
booktitle={Interspeech 2016},
doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2016-315},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2016-315},
pages={928--932}
}