12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

A Study on Combining VTLN and SAT to Improve the Performance of Automatic Speech Recognition

D. R. Sanand, Mikko Kurimo

Aalto University, Finland

In this paper, we present ideas to combine VTLN and SAT to improve the performance of automatic speech recognition. We show that VTLN matrices can be used as SAT transformation matrices in recognition, though the training still follows conventional SAT. This will be useful when there is very little adaptation data and the SAT transformation matrix can not be estimated to perform the required adaptation. We also present a study to understand whether VTLN can be performed after SAT and whether such a combination is better than the conventional approach, where VTLN is performed before SAT. Finally, we present a novel approach to perform VTLN by using VTLN matrices in cascade. This allows us to include warping-factors that are not included in the initial search space. We show through recognition experiments that these combinations improve the performance of ASR, with major gains in the mis-matched train and test speaker conditions.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sanand, D. R. / Kurimo, Mikko (2011): "A study on combining VTLN and SAT to improve the performance of automatic speech recognition", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 2581-2584.