8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Geneva, Switzerland
September 1-4, 2003


Integrating Statistical and Rule-Based Knowledge for Continuous German Speech Recognition

Rene Beutler, Beat Pfister

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

A new approach to continuous speech recognition (CSR) for German is presented, which integrates both statistical knowledge (at the acoustic-phonetic level) and rule-based knowledge (at the word and sentence levels).We introduce a flexible framework allowing bidirectional processing and virtually any search strategy given an acoustic model and a context-free grammar. An implementation of this class of recognizers by means of a word spotter and an island chart parser is presented. A word recognition accuracy of 93.5% is reported on a speaker dependent recognition task with a 4k words dictionary.

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Bibliographic reference.  Beutler, Rene / Pfister, Beat (2003): "Integrating statistical and rule-based knowledge for continuous German speech recognition", In EUROSPEECH-2003, 937-940.