ISCA Archive Interspeech 2021
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2021

Few-Shot Keyword Spotting in Any Language

Mark Mazumder, Colby Banbury, Josh Meyer, Pete Warden, Vijay Janapa Reddi

We introduce a few-shot transfer learning method for keyword spotting in any language. Leveraging open speech corpora in nine languages, we automate the extraction of a large multilingual keyword bank and use it to train an embedding model. With just five training examples, we fine-tune the embedding model for keyword spotting and achieve an average F1 score of 0.75 on keyword classification for 180 new keywords unseen by the embedding model in these nine languages. This embedding model also generalizes to new languages. We achieve an average F1 score of 0.65 on 5-shot models for 260 keywords sampled across 13 new languages unseen by the embedding model. We investigate streaming accuracy for our 5-shot models in two contexts: keyword spotting and keyword search. Across 440 keywords in 22 languages, we achieve an average streaming keyword spotting accuracy of 87.4% with a false acceptance rate of 4.3%, and observe promising initial results on keyword search.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2021-1966

Cite as: Mazumder, M., Banbury, C., Meyer, J., Warden, P., Reddi, V.J. (2021) Few-Shot Keyword Spotting in Any Language. Proc. Interspeech 2021, 4214-4218, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2021-1966

@inproceedings{mazumder21_interspeech,
  author={Mark Mazumder and Colby Banbury and Josh Meyer and Pete Warden and Vijay Janapa Reddi},
  title={{Few-Shot Keyword Spotting in Any Language}},
  year=2021,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2021},
  pages={4214--4218},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2021-1966}
}