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Vocabulary independent spoken query: a case for subword units

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Vocabulary independent spoken query: a case for subword units
In this work, we describe a subword unit approach for information retrieval of items by voice. An algorithm based on the minimum description length (MDL) principle converts an index written in terms of words into an index written in terms of phonetic subword units. A speech recognition engine that uses a language model and pronounciation dictionary built from such an inventory of subword units is completely independent from the information retrieval task. The recognition engine can remain fixed, making this approach ideal for resource constrained systems. In addition, we demonstrate that recall results at higher out of vocabulary (OOV) rates are much superior for the subword unit system. On a music lyrics task at 80% OOV, the subword-based recall is 75.2%, compared to 47.4% for a word system. Interspeech 2010 This work may not be copied or reproduced in whole or in part for any commercial purpose. Permission to copy in whole or in part without payment of fee is granted for nonprofit e...
Evandro B. Gouvêa, Tony Ezzat
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Type Journal
Year 2010
Where INTERSPEECH
Authors Evandro B. Gouvêa, Tony Ezzat
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