14thAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Lyon, France
August 25-29, 2013

Instance-Based On-Line Language Model Adaptation

Ali Orkan Bayer, G. Riccardi

Università di Trento, Italy

Language model (LM) adaptation is needed to improve the performance of language-based interaction systems. There are two important issues regarding LM adaptation; the selection of the target data set and the mathematical adaptation model. In the literature, usually statistics are drawn from the target data set (e.g. cache model) to augment (e.g. linearly) background statistical language models, as in the case of automatic speech recognition (ASR). Such models are relatively inexpensive to train, however they do not provide the necessary high-dimensional language context description needed for language-based interaction. Instance-based learning provides high-dimensional description of the lexical, semantic, or dialog context. In this paper, we present an instancebased approach to LM adaptation. We show that by retrieving similar instances from the training data and adapting the model with these instances, we can improve the performance of LMs. We propose two different similarity metrics for instance retrieval, edit distance and n-gram match score. We have performed instancebased adaptation on feed forward neural network LMs (NNLMs) to re-score n-best lists for ASR on the LUNA corpus, which includes conversational speech. We have achieved significant improvements in word error rate (WER) by using instance-based on-line LM adaptation on feed forward NNLMs.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bayer, Ali Orkan / Riccardi, G. (2013): "Instance-based on-line language model adaptation", In INTERSPEECH-2013, 2688-2692.