11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

A Discriminative Splitting Criterion for Phonetic Decision Trees

Simon Wiesler, Georg Heigold, Markus Nußbaum-Thom, Ralf Schlüter, Hermann Ney

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Phonetic decision trees are a key concept in acoustic modeling for large vocabulary continuous speech recognition. Although discriminative training has become a major line of research in speech recognition and all state-of-the-art acoustic models are trained discriminatively, the conventional phonetic decision tree approach still relies on the maximum likelihood principle. In this paper we develop a splitting criterion based on the minimization of the classification error. An improvement of more than 10% relative over a discriminatively trained baseline system on the Wall Street Journal corpus suggests that the proposed approach is promising.

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Bibliographic reference.  Wiesler, Simon / Heigold, Georg / Nußbaum-Thom, Markus / Schlüter, Ralf / Ney, Hermann (2010): "A discriminative splitting criterion for phonetic decision trees", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 54-57.