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Previous work by Merhav and Lee (1993) as well as others has emphasized that the conditions required to make the maximum a posteriori (MAP) decision rule an optimal decision rule for speech recognition do not hold and have proposed techniques based upon the adjustment of model parameters to improve speech recognition. In this article, we consider the problem of text-independent speaker recognition, and present a new model called the integral decode. The integral decode, like previous work in this area, attempts to compensate for the lack of conditions necessary to ensure optimality of the MAP decision rule in environments with corrupted observations and imperfect models. The integral decode is a smoothing operation in the feature space domain. A region of uncertainty is established about each noisy observation and an approximation of the integral is computed. The MAP decision rule is then applied to the smoothed likelihood estimates. In all tested conditions, the integral decode performs as well as or better than equivalent HMMs without integral decode.