Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Data-Driven Phonetic Regression Class Tree Estimation for MLLR Adaptation

Reinhold Haeb-Umbach

Philips Research Laboratories Aachen, Germany

In this paper a method is presented to estimate a broad phonetic class regression tree to be used in MLLR adap- tation. The tree is derived from the correlation structure among phone units estimated on the training data. The al- gorithm is language-independent and showed good results on both an English and a Mandarin Chinese database. In adaptation experiments the tree outperformed a regres- sion tree obtained from clustering according to closeness in acoustic space and achieved results comparable with those of a manually designed broad phonetic class tree.

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Bibliographic reference.  Haeb-Umbach, Reinhold (2000): "Data-driven phonetic regression class tree estimation for MLLR adaptation", In ICSLP-2000, vol.3, 857-860.