5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Partitioning And Transcription Of Broadcast News Data

Jean-Luc Gauvain, Lori F. Lamel, Gilles Adda


Radio and television broadcasts consist of a continuous stream of data comprised of segments of different linguistic and acoustic natures, which poses challenges for transcription. In this paper we report on our recent work in transcribing broadcast news data, including the problem of partitioning the data into homogeneous segments prior to word recognition. Gaussian mixture models are used to identify speech and non-speech segments. A maximum-likelihood segmentation/clustering process is then applied to the speech segments using GMMs and an agglomerative clustering algorithm. The clustered segments are then labeled according to bandwidth and gender. The recognizer is a continuous mixture density, tied-state cross-word context-dependent HMM system with a 65k trigram language model. Decoding is carried out in three passes, with a final pass incorporating cluster-based test-set MLLR adaptation. The overall word transcription error on the Nov'97 unpartitioned evaluation test data was 18.5%.

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Bibliographic reference.  Gauvain, Jean-Luc / Lamel, Lori F. / Adda, Gilles (1998): "Partitioning and transcription of broadcast news data", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0084.