8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Geneva, Switzerland
September 1-4, 2003


Variable Length Mixtures of Inverse Covariances

Vincent Vanhoucke (1), Ananth Sankar (2)

(1) Stanford University, USA
(2) Nuance Communications, USA

The mixture of inverse covariances model is a low-complexity, approximate decomposition of the inverse covariance matrices in a Gaussian mixture model which achieves high modeling accuracy with very good computational efficiency. In this model, the inverse covariances are decomposed into a linear combination of K shared prototype matrices. In this paper, we introduce an extension of this model which uses a variable number of prototypes per Gaussian for improved efficiency. The number of prototypes per Gaussian is optimized using a maximum likelihood criterion. This variable length model is shown to achieve significantly better accuracy at a given complexity level on several speech recognition tasks.

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Bibliographic reference.  Vanhoucke, Vincent / Sankar, Ananth (2003): "Variable length mixtures of inverse covariances", In EUROSPEECH-2003, 2605-2608.