11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

On-Demand Language Model Interpolation for Mobile Speech Input

Brandon Ballinger, Cyril Allauzen, Alexander Gruenstein, Johan Schalkwyk

Google, USA

Google offers several speech features on the Android mobile operating system: search by voice, voice input to any text field, and an API for application developers. As a result, our speech recognition service must support a wide range of usage scenarios and speaking styles: relatively short search queries, addresses, business names, dictated SMS and e-mail messages, and a long tail of spoken input to any of the applications users may install. We present a method of on-demand language model interpolation in which contextual information about each utterance determines interpolation weights among a number of n-gram language models. On-demand interpolation results in an 11.2% relative reduction in WER compared to using a single language model to handle all traffic.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Ballinger, Brandon / Allauzen, Cyril / Gruenstein, Alexander / Schalkwyk, Johan (2010): "On-demand language model interpolation for mobile speech input", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 1812-1815.