TOWARDS IMPROVED SPEECH RECOGNITION USING A SPEECH PRODUCTION MODEL
C.S. Blackburn and S.J. Young
Considerable improvement in the performance of continuous speech recognition systems, particularly those based on Hidden Markov Models (HMMs), has been shown in recent years. Nevertheless a number of unsolved problems remain which limit this progress, including the successful modelling of co-articulation and the identification of out of vocabulary utterances. One possible solution is to re-synthesise speech from the N-best time-aligned phonemic transcriptions produced by an HMM, and re-score this list based on a spectral comparison between the original and re-synthesised speech frames. In this paper a novel speech production model (SPM) suitable for use in such a system is introduced, and preliminary re-scoring results are presented.
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