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Large vocabulary speech recognition using a hidden Markov model for acoustic/phonetic classification

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3 Author(s)
Levinson, S. ; AT&T Bell Lab., Murray Hill, NJ, USA ; Ljolje, A. ; Miller, L.G.

Experiments with a speech recognition system are reported. The system comprises an acoustic/phonetic decoder, a lexical access mechanism and a syntax analyzer. The acoustic, phonetic and lexical processing are based on a continuously variable duration hidden Markov model (CVDHMM). The syntactic component is based on the Cocke-Kasami-Young (CKY) parser and a content-free covering grammar of English. Lexical items are represented in terms of the 43 phonetic units. In recognition tests conducted on a separate data set, a 70% correct recognition rate on phonetic units in fluent speech was observed. In two additional tests on isolated words, a 40% word recognition was observed with the complete 52000 word lexicon. When the vocabulary size was reduced to 1040 words, the recognition rate improved to 80%. After syntax analysis the word recognition rate rose to 90%

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Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, 1988. ICASSP-88., 1988 International Conference on

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11-14 Apr 1988

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