Accession Number : ADA333514

Title :   Vocal Tract Length Normalization for Large Vocabulary Continuous Speech Recognition

Corporate Author : CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : Zhan, Puming ; Waibel, Alex

PDF Url : ADA333514

Report Date : MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : Generally speaking, the speaker-dependence of a speech recognition system stems from speaker-dependent speech feature. The variation of vocal tract length and/or shape is one of the major source of inter-speaker variations. In this paper, we address several methods of vocal tract length normalization (VTLN) for large vocabulary continuous speech recognition: (1) explore the bilinear warping VTLN in frequency domain; (2) propose a speaker-specific Bark/Mel scale VTLN in Bark/Mel domain; (3) investigate adaptation of the normalization factor. Our experimental results show that the speaker-specific Bark/Mel scale VTLN is better than the piecewise/bilinear warping VTLN in frequency domain. It can reduce up to 12% word error rate for our Spanish and English spontaneous speech scheduling task database. For adaptation of the normalization factor, our experimental results show that promising result can be obtained by using not more than three utterances from a new speaker to estimate his/her normalization factor, and the unsupervised adaptation mode works as well as the supervised one. Therefore, the computational complexity of VTLN can be avoided by learning the normalization factor from very few utterances of a new speaker.

Descriptors :   *SPEECH RECOGNITION, DATA BASES, SIGNAL PROCESSING, WORDS(LANGUAGE), VOCABULARY, FREQUENCY DOMAIN, SPANISH LANGUAGE, WORD RECOGNITION, ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

Subject Categories : Cybernetics
      Linguistics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE