12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

Discriminative Features for Language Identification

Chris Alberti, Michiel Bacchiani

Google Inc., USA

In this paper we investigate the use of discriminatively trained feature transforms to improve the accuracy of a MAP-SVM language recognition system. We train the feature transforms by alternatively solving an SVM optimization on MAP super-vectors estimated from transformed features, and performing a small step on the transforms in the direction of the antigradient of the SVM objective function. We applied this method on the LRE2003 dataset, and obtained an 5.9% relative reduction of pooled equal error rate.

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Bibliographic reference.  Alberti, Chris / Bacchiani, Michiel (2011): "Discriminative features for language identification", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 2917-2920.