14thAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Lyon, France
August 25-29, 2013

Pre-Initialized Composition for Large-Vocabulary Speech Recognition

Cyril Allauzen, Michael Riley

Google, USA

This paper describes a modified composition algorithm that is used for combining two finite-state transducers, representing the context-dependent lexicon and the language model respectively, in large vocabulary speech recognition. This algorithm is a hybrid between the static and dynamic expansion of the resultant transducer, which maps from context-dependent phones to words and is searched during decoding. The approach is to pre-compute part of the recognition transducer and leave the balance to be expanded during decoding. This method allows for a fine-grained trade-off between space and time in recognition. For example, the time overhead of purely dynamic expansion can be reduced by over six-fold with only a 20% increase in memory in a collection of large-vocabulary recognition tasks available on the Google Android platform.

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Bibliographic reference.  Allauzen, Cyril / Riley, Michael (2013): "Pre-initialized composition for large-vocabulary speech recognition", In INTERSPEECH-2013, 666-670.