A continuous Mandarin speech keyword spotting system based on context-dependent subsyllables is presented. In this vocabulary-independent system, users can define their own keywords and most frequently occurring non-keywords without retraining the system. A set of 176 monosyllables and 483 balanced words or sentences are used to extract the context-dependent subsyllables (i.e. initials or finals in Mandarin speech), for training. Each subsyllable is represented by a proposed discriminative segmental Bayesian network (DSBN). In the training process, the generalised probabilistic descent (GPD) algorithm is used for discriminative training. The most frequently ^occurring non-keywords are divided into keyword predecessors and successors. Non-keyword garbage models for keyword predecessors, keyword successors and extraneous speech are separately constructed. In the recognition process, a final part preprocessor is used to screen out unreasonable hypotheses in order to reduce the recognition time. Using a test set of 750 - conversational speech utterances from 20 speakers (ten males and ten females), word spotting rates of 92.0% when the vocabulary word was embedded in unconstrained extraneous speech, were obtained for a user-defined 20 keyword vocabulary.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||IEE Proceedings: Vision, Image and Signal Processing|
|Publication status||Published - 1997 Jan 1|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Signal Processing
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering