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Title Syllable based DNN-HMM Cantonese Speech to Text System
Authors Timothy Wong, Claire Li, Sam Lam, Billy Chiu, Qin Lu, Minglei Li, Dan Xiong, Roy Shing Yu and Vincent T.Y. Ng
Abstract This paper reports our work on building up a Cantonese Speech-to-Text (STT) system with a syllable based acoustic model. This is a part of an effort in building a STT system to aid dyslexic students who have cognitive deficiency in writing skills but have no problem expressing their ideas through speech. For Cantonese speech recognition, the basic unit of acoustic models can either be the conventional Initial-Final (IF) syllables, or the Onset-Nucleus-Coda (ONC) syllables where finals are further split into nucleus and coda to reflect the intra-syllable variations in Cantonese. By using the Kaldi toolkit, our system is trained using the stochastic gradient descent optimization model with the aid of GPUs for the hybrid Deep Neural Network and Hidden Markov Model (DNN-HMM) with and without I-vector based speaker adaptive training technique. The input features of the same Gaussian Mixture Model with speaker adaptive training (GMM-SAT) to DNN are used in all cases. Experiments show that the ONC-based syllable acoustic modeling with I-vector based DNN-HMM achieves the best performance with the word error rate (WER) of 9.66% and the real time factor (RTF) of 1.38812.
Topics Speech Recognition/Understanding, Speech Resource/Database, Statistical and Machine Learning Methods
Full paper Syllable based DNN-HMM Cantonese Speech to Text System
Bibtex @InProceedings{WONG16.458,
  author = {Timothy Wong and Claire Li and Sam Lam and Billy Chiu and Qin Lu and Minglei Li and Dan Xiong and Roy Shing Yu and Vincent T.Y. Ng},
  title = {Syllable based DNN-HMM Cantonese Speech to Text System},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016)},
  year = {2016},
  month = {may},
  date = {23-28},
  location = {Portoro┼ż, Slovenia},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair) and Khalid Choukri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Marko Grobelnik and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Helene Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  address = {Paris, France},
  isbn = {978-2-9517408-9-1},
  language = {english}
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