8th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Antwerp, Belgium
August 27-31, 2007

fMPE-MAP: Improved Discriminative Adaptation for Modeling New Domains

Jing Zheng, Andreas Stolcke

SRI International, USA

Maximum a posteriori (MAP) adaptation and its discriminative variants, such as MMI-MAP (maximum mutual information MAP) and MPE-MAP (minimum phone error MAP), have been widely applied to acoustic model adaptation. This paper introduces a new adaptation approach, fMPE-MAP, which is an extension to the original fMPE (feature minimum phone error) algorithm, with the enhanced ability in porting Gaussian models and fMPE transforms to a new domain. We applied this approach to the SRI-ICSI 2007 NIST meeting recognition system, for which we ported our conversational telephone speech (CTS) and broadcast news (BN) models to the meeting domain. Experiments showed that the proposed fMPE-MAP approach has comparable or better performance than simply training the fMPE transform on combined data, in addition to the obvious speed advantage. In combination with MPE-MAP, we obtained about 20% relative word error rate reduction on a lecture meeting evaluation test set, over the models trained with the standard MAP approach.

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Bibliographic reference.  Zheng, Jing / Stolcke, Andreas (2007): "fMPE-MAP: improved discriminative adaptation for modeling new domains", In INTERSPEECH-2007, 1573-1576.