ISCA Archive SPKD 2008
ISCA Archive SPKD 2008

Joint optimization of event detectors and evidence merger for continuous phone recognition

Sabato Marco Siniscalchi, Øystein Birkenes, Magne H. Johnsen, Torbjørn Svendsen

In the recent years, different data-driven methods have been proposed to detect articulatory features (AF) from short-term spectral representation. The main motivations for the AF based approach are as follows. First, the AFs in general can more accurately and parsimoniously characterize the acoustic variability associated with conversational speech. Further, while not explored in this work, AFs are more language universal than phones, and therefore they can generalize better and are easier to adapt to new languages. For use in phone based systems the AF scores are input to an evidence merger which produces phone posteriors as outputs.

Several classifiers are usually built, and each classifier is trained for detecting a single articulatory feature (describing manner and/or place). We believe that joint optimization of all the classifiers and the subsequent phone evidence merger may be beneficial for the classification performance. This work is a preliminary study on this direction, and it is validated on the continuous phone recognition task. A bank of articulatory detectors, designed using hidden Markov models (HMMs), learns the mapping from the MFCC space to the articulatory space. The detectors’ outputs are then combined by the evidence merger. The AF based phone posteriors is integrated into an existing ASR engine and applied to N-best rescoring. Experimental results show promising performance on the TIMIT corpus.


Cite as: Siniscalchi, S.M., Birkenes, Ø., Johnsen, M.H., Svendsen, T. (2008) Joint optimization of event detectors and evidence merger for continuous phone recognition. Proc. ISCA ITRW on Speech Analysis and Processing for Knowledge Discovery, paper 057

@inproceedings{siniscalchi08_spkd,
  author={Sabato Marco Siniscalchi and Øystein Birkenes and Magne H. Johnsen and Torbjørn Svendsen},
  title={{Joint optimization of event detectors and evidence merger for continuous phone recognition}},
  year=2008,
  booktitle={Proc. ISCA ITRW on Speech Analysis and Processing for Knowledge Discovery},
  pages={paper 057}
}