Connectionist Speech Recognition of Broadcast News
Robinson, A J
Williams, D A G
This paper describes connectionist techniques for recognition of Broadcast News. The fundamental difference between connectionist systems and more conventional mixture-of-Gaussian systems is that connectionist models directly estimate posterior probabilities as opposed to likelihoods. Access to posterior probabilities has enabled us to develop a number of novel approaches to confidence estimation, pronunciation modelling and search. In addition we have investigated a new feature extraction technique based on the modulation-filtered spectrogram (MSG), and methods for combining multiple information sources. We have incorporated all of these techniques into a system for the transcription of Broadcast News, and we present results on the 1998 DARPA Hub-4E Broadcast News evaluation data.