5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Improving the Speaker-Dependency of Subword-Unit-Based Isolated Word Recognition

Takuya Koizumi, Shuji Taniguchi, Kazuhiro Kohtoh

Dept. of Information Science, Fukui University, Japan

This paper deals with a subword-unit-based isolated word recognition system with enhanced speaker-independency. The subword is defined as a part of word whose central portion has rather stationary or time-invariant short-time spectra with its portions near its ends having rapidly varying short-time spectra. In this system each isolated word is decomposed into a sequence of subwords, each of which is identified by means of a particular semi-continuous hidden Markov model that is named a subword HMM. Each isolated word is recognized by a particular set of concatenated subword HMMs that is designated as a word HMM. Subword boundaries within a word are detected by finding peaks of the magnitude of delta cepstral vectors obtained from the word. The system attains average word recognition rates over 87 % for a number of Japanese words uttered by ten native male speakers.

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Bibliographic reference.  Koizumi, Takuya / Taniguchi, Shuji / Kohtoh, Kazuhiro (1998): "Improving the speaker-dependency of subword-unit-based isolated word recognition", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0051.