Incremental Language Modeling for Automatic Transcription of Broadcast News

Katsutoshi OHTSUKI  Long NGUYEN  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E90-D   No.2   pp.526-532
Publication Date: 2007/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1093/ietisy/e90-d.2.526
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Speech and Hearing
speech recognition,  out-of-vocabulary,  language model,  broadcast news,  

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In this paper, we address the task of incremental language modeling for automatic transcription of broadcast news speech. Daily broadcast news naturally contains new words that are not in the lexicon of the speech recognition system but are important for downstream applications such as information retrieval or machine translation. To recognize those new words, the lexicon and the language model of the speech recognition system need to be updated periodically. We propose a method of estimating a list of words to be added to the lexicon based on some time-series text data. The experimental results on the RT04 Broadcast News data and other TV audio data showed that this method provided an impressive and stable reduction in both out-of-vocabulary rates and speech recognition word error rates.