10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

A WFST-Based Log-Linear Framework for Speaking-Style Transformation

Graham Neubig, Shinsuke Mori, Tatsuya Kawahara

Kyoto University, Japan

When attempting to make transcripts from automatic speech recognition results, disfluency deletion, transformation of colloquial expressions, and insertion of dropped words must be performed to ensure that the final product is clean transcript-style text. This paper introduces a system for the automatic transformation of the spoken word to transcript-style language that enables not only deletion of disfluencies, but also substitutions of colloquial expressions and insertion of dropped words. A number of potentially useful features are combined in a log-linear probabilistic framework, and the utility of each is examined. The system is implemented using weighted finite state transducers (WFSTs) to allow for easy combination of features and integration with other WFST-based systems. On evaluation, the best system achieved a 5.37% word error rate, a 5.49% absolute gain over a rule-based baseline and a 1.54% absolute gain over a simple noisy-channel model.

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Bibliographic reference.  Neubig, Graham / Mori, Shinsuke / Kawahara, Tatsuya (2009): "A WFST-based log-linear framework for speaking-style transformation", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 1495-1498.