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Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, IEEE International Conference on (1999)
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Mar. 15, 1999 to Mar. 19, 1999
ISBN: 0-7803-5041-3
pp: 621-624
M. Penagarikano , Dept. Electr. y Electron., Pais Vasco Univ., Lejona, Spain
If the objective of a continuous automatic speech understanding system is not a speech-to-text translation, words are not strictly needed, and then the use of alternative lexical units (LUs) will bring us a new degree of freedom to improve the system performance. Consequently, we experimentally explore some methods to automatically extract a set of LUs from a Spanish training corpus and verify that the system can be improved in two ways: reducing the computational costs and increasing the recognition rates. Moreover, preliminary results point out that, even if the system target is a speech-to-text translation, using non-word units and post-processing the output to produce the corresponding word chain outperforms the word based system.

K. Lopez de Ipina, G. Bordel, M. Penagarikano and A. Varona, "Using non-word lexical units in automatic speech understanding," 1999 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing. Proceedings. ICASSP99(ICASSP), Phoenix, AZ, USA, 1999, pp. 621-624.
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