4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

A Wave Decoder for Continuous Speech Recognition

Eric Burhke, Wu Chou, Qiru Zhou

Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ, USA

In this paper, a wave decoder based on the general re-entrant network for continuous speech recognition is described. The decoder design is based on the concept of self-adjusting decoding graph in which the decoding network is expanded and released frame-synchronously. The fast network expansion and release are made possible by utilizing a novel dynamic network scaffolding layer. The self-adjusting decoding graph is obtained by slicing the traditional decoding network horizontally for separation of different knowledge sources and vertically according to each time instant in search. A two layer hashing structure and an admissible arc predication scheme are described. These methods significantly reduce the arc mortality rate, a problem which plagues the efficiency of the dynamic decoder. Experimental results demonstrate that an order of magnitude reduction of decoding resources can be achieved based on the proposed approach.

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Bibliographic reference.  Burhke, Eric / Chou, Wu / Zhou, Qiru (1996): "A wave decoder for continuous speech recognition", In ICSLP-1996, 2135-2138.