EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Discriminative Speaker Adaptation with Conditional Maximum Likelihood Linear Regression

Asela Gunawardana, William Byrne

The Johns Hopkins University, USA

We present a simplified derivation of the extended Baum-Welch procedure, which shows that it can be used for Maximum Mutual Information (MMI) of a large class of continuous emission density hidden Markov models (HMMs). We use the extended Baum-Welch procedure for discriminative estimation of MLLR-type speaker adaptation transformations. The resulting adaptation procedure, termed Conditional Maximum Likelihood Linear Regression (CMLLR), is used successfully for supervised and unsupervised adaptation tasks on the Switchboard corpus, yielding an improvement over MLLR. The interaction of unsupervised CMLLR with segmental minimum Bayes risk lattice voting procedures is also explored, showing that the two procedures are complimentary.

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Bibliographic reference.  Gunawardana, Asela / Byrne, William (2001): "Discriminative speaker adaptation with conditional maximum likelihood linear regression", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 1203-1206.