8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Geneva, Switzerland
September 1-4, 2003


Lattice Segmentation and Minimum Bayes Risk Discriminative Training

Vlasios Doumpiotis, Stavros Tsakalidis, William J. Byrne

Johns Hopkins University, USA

Modeling approaches are presented that incorporate discriminative training procedures in segmental Minimum Bayes-Risk decoding (SMBR). SMBR is used to segment lattices produced by a general automatic speech recognition (ASR) system into sequences of separate decision problems involving small sets of confusable words. We discuss two approaches to incorporating these segmented lattices in discriminative training. We investigate the use of acoustic models specialized to discriminate between the competing words in these classes which are then applied in subsequent SMBR rescoring passes. Refinement of the search space that allows the use of specialized discriminative models is shown to be an improvement over rescoring with conventionally trained discriminative models.

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Bibliographic reference.  Doumpiotis, Vlasios / Tsakalidis, Stavros / Byrne, William J. (2003): "Lattice segmentation and minimum Bayes risk discriminative training", In EUROSPEECH-2003, 1985-1988.