International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (ISCSLP 2002)

Taipei, Taiwan
August 23-24, 2002

Equivalent Node-Based Speech Grammar Optimization

Min Zhang, Cuntai Guan, Haizhou Li

Infotalk Technology, Singapore

In a domain-specific speech application, for example in a computer-telephony dialogue system, a speech grammar is used to specify the words and patterns of words to be understood by a speech recognizer. The size of the recognizer search space depends on the speech grammar perplexity. In this paper, we propose a novel equivalent node-based speech grammar optimization algorithm. The proposed algorithm can optimize the grammar-based search graph by iteratively combining the equivalent nodes and their fan-in & fan-out transitions (arcs) if local properties show that this does not change the grammar coverage. Experiments on a 70k Resident Identity Numbers show that the proposed method can reduce 80% nodes and transitions, and the recognition is also found to be 50% faster without affecting accuracy. The algorithm is proven to be high effective and efficient.

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Bibliographic reference.  Zhang, Min / Guan, Cuntai / Li, Haizhou (2002): "Equivalent node-based speech grammar optimization", In ISCSLP 2002, paper 86.