In this paper, we propose and evaluate a novel discriminative training criterion for hidden Markov model (HMM) based automatic mispronunciation detection in computer-assisted pronunciation training. The objective function is formulated as a smooth form of the F1- score on the annotated non-native speech database. The objective function maximization is achieved by using extended Baum Welch form like HMM updating equations based on the weak-sense auxiliary function method. Simultaneous updating of acoustic model and phone threshold parameters is proposed to ensure objective improvement. Mispronunciation detection experiments have shown the method is effective in increasing the F1-score, Precision, Recall and detection accuracy on both the training data and evaluation data.
Index Terms: automatic mispronunciation detection, F1-score, discriminative training, computer-assisted language learning
Bibliographic reference. Huang, Hao / Wang, Jianming / Abudureyimu, Halidan (2012): "Maximum F1-score discriminative training for automatic mispronunciation detection in computer-assisted language learning", In INTERSPEECH-2012, 815-818.