5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

A Modular Initialization Scheme for Better Speech Recognition Performance Using Hybrid Systems of MLPs/HMMs

Roxana Teodorescu, Dirk Van Compernolle, Ioannis Dologlou

K. U. Leuven - E.S.A.T., Heverlee, Belgium

This paper proposes a novel modular initialization scheme of Multilayer Perceptrons (MLPs) trained for phoneme classification. Small MLPs are trained to discriminate between a phoneme and all the others. In the next step they are merged using our novel initialization scheme in broad classes and trained further. In the last step we merge the broad phonetic MLPs using the same scheme to generate the final phonetic MLP. Experiments done on a Dutch language isolated word database showed that the scheme gives faster and better estimates of Bayesian a posteriori probabilities compared to random initialization. Moreover, given its modularity, the method offers the possibility to deal with high dimensional problems.

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Bibliographic reference.  Teodorescu, Roxana / Compernolle, Dirk Van / Dologlou, Ioannis (1997): "A modular initialization scheme for better speech recognition performance using hybrid systems of MLPs/HMMs", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 2811-2814.