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

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


N-best List Generation using Word and Phoneme Recognition Fusion

Ernest Pusateri (1), J.M. Van Thong (2)

(1) MIT Spoken Language Group, USA
(2) Compaq Cambridge Research Laboratory, USA

This paper describes an approach for combining phoneme and word recognition to produce an accurate N-best list of hypotheses. We run two decoding threads in parallel. The first performs phoneme recognition, while the other performs word recognition on the same recorded utterance. The output of the word recognition thread is returned as the most likely hypothesis, and the result of the phoneme recognition thread is used to lookup a list of words for the rest of the N-best list. The algorithm is simple to implement and efficient. In our evaluation, we found that this approach has similar performance to the classical lattice-based N-best search methods on isolated word recognition. This method has the potential to improve existing ASR systems or can be used in interactive multi-modal applications.

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Bibliographic reference.  Pusateri, Ernest / Thong, J.M. Van (2001): "N-best list generation using word and phoneme recognition fusion", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 1817-1820.