Second European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Genova, Italy
September 24-26, 1991


Experiments of 991-Word Speaker Independent Continuous Speech Recognition on DARPA RM Task

J. M. Song, T. Thomas, M. Patel

Speech & Language Division, Logica Cambridge Ltd. , Cambridge, UK

This paper describes the implementation of a large vocabulary speaker independent continuous speech recognition system for the DARPA RM task. The continuous HMM approach is used with mel-cepstra plus time differenced mel-cepstra and a new subword HMM topology. A set of within-word context dependent phone units are generated from a simple context merging scheme by counting and trained by both Baum-Welch and Segmental K-means algorithms. Only 6 continuous mixture diagonal Gaussian PDFs are used in each model. The recognition algorithm is based on a frame synchronous Viterbi beam search, which produces a lattice of words during forward searching, and N-best sentence candidates can be extracted in the reverse tracking, subject to the different levels of knowledge constraints. On the 991-word DARPA RM task, we present the preliminary results on the Feb-89 test set and the original SPHINX test set.

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Bibliographic reference.  Song, J. M. / Thomas, T. / Patel, M. (1991): "Experiments of 991-word speaker independent continuous speech recognition on DARPA RM task", In EUROSPEECH-1991, 643-646.