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

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


A Novel Algorithm For Rapid Speaker Adaptation Based On Structural Maximum Likelihood Eigenspace Mapping

Bowen Zhou, John H. L. Hansen

Univ. of Colorado at Boulder, USA

In this paper, we propose a novel algorithm for rapid speaker adaptation based on our Structural Maximum Likelihood Eigenspace Mapping (SMLEM). The proposed method constructs a binary-tree structured hierarchical Speaker Independent (SI) eigenspace at different levels from well-trained SI system models, and then dynamically constructs a new set of speaker dependent (SD) eigenspaces at corresponding levels, according to the availability of incoming adaptation data. By mapping the mixture Gaussian components from a SI eigenspace to SD eigenspaces in a maximum likelihood manner, the SI models are adapted towards SD models (EM algorithm is used to derive the eigenspace bias). Compared with conventional MLLR, the proposed algorithm is both computationally cheaper and more effective when only a very small amount (from 5 to 15 seconds) of adaptation data is available. In our simulations using the DARPA WSJ Spoke3 corpus, an average of 10.5% relative reduction in WER was achieved over MLLR adaptation when using 5 seconds data for adaptation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Zhou, Bowen / Hansen, John H. L. (2001): "A novel algorithm for rapid speaker adaptation based on structural maximum likelihood eigenspace mapping", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 1215-1218.