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Speaker-independent isolated word recognition using multiple hidden Markov models

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5 Author(s)
Y. Zhang ; Centre for Intelligent Inf. Process. Syst., Western Australia Univ., Nedlands, WA, Australia ; C. J. S. Desilva ; A. Togneri ; M. Alder
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A multi-HMM speaker-independent isolated word recognition system is described. In this system, three vector quantisation methods, the LBG algorithm, the EM algorithm, and a new MGC algorithm, are used for the classification of the speech space. These quantisations of the speech space are then used to produce three HMMs for each word in the vocabulary. In the recognition step, the Viterbi algorithm is used in the three subrecognisers. The log probabilities of the observation sequences matching-the models are multiplied by the weights determined by the recognition accuracies of individual subrecognisers and summed to give the log probability that the utterance is of a particular word in the vocabulary. This multi-HMM system results in a reduction of about 50% in the error rate in comparison with the single model system

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IEE Proceedings - Vision, Image and Signal Processing  (Volume:141 ,  Issue: 3 )