Third European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Berlin, Germany
September 22-25, 1993


Detection of Unknown Words in Large Vocabulary Speech Recognition

Satoru Hayamizu, Katunobu Itou, Kazuyo Tanaka

Electrotechnical Laboratory, Tsukuba, Japan

As users often produce new words which are "unknown" to the system, processing unknown words is a key issue to speech recognition systems in the real world. This paper describes an approach to the problem of detecting unknown words, especially in a large vocabulary speech recognition. The approach consists of utilizing the recognition scores obtained both with and without a pre-defined dictionary. We studied the relationship between vocabulary sizes and detection rates of unknown words using this technique. It is shown that the detection task of unknown words is comparable to the recognition task for vocabulary sizes of over 1000 words.

Keywords: Unknown Words, Speech Recognition

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Bibliographic reference.  Hayamizu, Satoru / Itou, Katunobu / Tanaka, Kazuyo (1993): "Detection of unknown words in large vocabulary speech recognition", In EUROSPEECH'93, 2113-2116.