SpecAugment: A Simple Data Augmentation Method for Automatic Speech Recognition

Daniel S. Park, William Chan, Yu Zhang, Chung-Cheng Chiu, Barret Zoph, Ekin D. Cubuk, Quoc V. Le


We present SpecAugment, a simple data augmentation method for speech recognition. SpecAugment is applied directly to the feature inputs of a neural network (i.e., filter bank coefficients). The augmentation policy consists of warping the features, masking blocks of frequency channels, and masking blocks of time steps. We apply SpecAugment on Listen, Attend and Spell networks for end-to-end speech recognition tasks. We achieve state-of-the-art performance on the LibriSpeech 960h and Switchboard 300h tasks, outperforming all prior work. On LibriSpeech, we achieve 6.8% WER on test-other without the use of a language model, and 5.8% WER with shallow fusion with a language model. This compares to the previous state-of-the-art hybrid system of 7.5% WER. For Switchboard, we achieve 7.2%/14.6% on the Switchboard/CallHome portion of the Hub5’00 test set without the use of a language model, and 6.8%/14.1% with shallow fusion, which compares to the previous state-of-the-art hybrid system at 8.3%/17.3% WER.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2680

Cite as: Park, D.S., Chan, W., Zhang, Y., Chiu, C., Zoph, B., Cubuk, E.D., Le, Q.V. (2019) SpecAugment: A Simple Data Augmentation Method for Automatic Speech Recognition. Proc. Interspeech 2019, 2613-2617, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2680.


@inproceedings{Park2019,
  author={Daniel S. Park and William Chan and Yu Zhang and Chung-Cheng Chiu and Barret Zoph and Ekin D. Cubuk and Quoc V. Le},
  title={{SpecAugment: A Simple Data Augmentation Method for Automatic Speech Recognition}},
  year=2019,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2019},
  pages={2613--2617},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2680},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2680}
}