8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Jeju Island, Korea
October 4-8, 2004

Language Model Adaptation based on PLSA of Topics and Speakers

Yuya Akita, Tatsuya Kawahara

Kyoto University, Japan

We address an adaptation method of statistical language models to topics and speaker characteristics for automatic transcription of meetings and discussions. A baseline language model is a mixture of two models, which are trained with different corpora covering various topics and speakers, respectively. Then, probabilistic latent semantic analysis (PLSA) is performed on the same respective corpora and the initial ASR result to provide unigram probabilities conditioned on input speech. Finally, the baseline model is adapted by scaling N-gram probabilities with these unigram probabilities. For speaker adaptation purpose, we make use of spontaneous speech corpus (CSJ) in which a large number of speakers gave talks for given topics. Experimental evaluation with real discussions showed that both topic and speaker adaptation improved test-set perplexity and word accuracy.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Akita, Yuya / Kawahara, Tatsuya (2004): "Language model adaptation based on PLSA of topics and speakers", In INTERSPEECH-2004, 1045-1048.