13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Portland, OR, USA
September 9-13, 2012

Complementary Phone Error Training

Frank Diehl, Phillip C. Woodland

Engineering Department, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

This paper introduces a novel method for the training of a complementary acoustic model with respect to set of given acoustic models. The method is based upon an extension of the Minimum Phone Error (MPE) criterion and aims at producing a model that makes complementary phone errors to those already trained. The technique is therefore called Complementary Phone Error (CPE) training. The method is evaluated using an Arabic large vocabulary continuous speech recognition task. Reductions in word error rate (WER) after combination with a CPE-trained system were obtained with up to 0.7% absolute for a system trained on 172 hours of acoustic data and up to 0.2% absolute for the final system trained on nearly 2000 hours of Arabic data.

Index Terms: Speech recognition, acoustic model training, discriminant training, complementary models, system combination

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Diehl, Frank / Woodland, Phillip C. (2012): "Complementary phone error training", In INTERSPEECH-2012, 2610-2613.