Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

Memory Efficient Approximative Lattice Generation for Grammar Based Decoding

Miroslav Novak

IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

ASR decoders are often required to produce a word lattice in addition to the best scoring path. While exact lattice generation is expensive (in the context of a Viterbi decoder), approximative algorithms are available to produce high quality lattices at much lower cost. Ideally, we would like to have an algorithm which does not require additional resources (either memory of CPU) in comparison to the best-path only decoder. We will present a lattice generation technique which uses a relatively strong approximation in comparison to other published techniques but requires little memory overhead (in comparison to a decoder optimized for best path only). We will show that the technique is suitable for tasks where a grammar is used as language model with little impact on the lattice quality (evaluated as n-best coverage).

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Bibliographic reference.  Novak, Miroslav (2005): "Memory efficient approximative lattice generation for grammar based decoding", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 573-576.