ISCA Archive Interspeech 2020
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2020

Large Scale Evaluation of Importance Maps in Automatic Speech Recognition

Viet Anh Trinh, Michael I. Mandel

This paper proposes a metric that we call the structured saliency benchmark (SSBM) to evaluate importance maps computed for automatic speech recognizers on individual utterances. These maps indicate time-frequency points of the utterance that are most important for correct recognition of a target word. Our evaluation technique is not only suitable for standard classification tasks, but is also appropriate for structured prediction tasks like sequence-to-sequence models. Additionally, we use this approach to perform a comparison of the importance maps created by our previously introduced technique using “bubble noise” to identify important points through correlation with a baseline approach based on smoothed speech energy and forced alignment. Our results show that the bubble analysis approach is better at identifying important speech regions than this baseline on 100 sentences from the AMI corpus.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2883

Cite as: Trinh, V.A., Mandel, M.I. (2020) Large Scale Evaluation of Importance Maps in Automatic Speech Recognition. Proc. Interspeech 2020, 1166-1170, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2883

@inproceedings{trinh20_interspeech,
  author={Viet Anh Trinh and Michael I. Mandel},
  title={{Large Scale Evaluation of Importance Maps in Automatic Speech Recognition}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2020},
  pages={1166--1170},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2883}
}