Adaptation of hidden Markov model for telephone speech recognition and speaker adaptation

Jen-Tzung Chien*, H. C. Wáng

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The authors propose a channel compensation method for the hidden Markov model (HMM) parameters in automatic speech recognition. The proposed approach is to adapt the existing reference models to a new channel environment by using a small amount of adaptation data. The concept of HMM parameter adaptation by incorporating the corresponding phone-dependent channel compensation (PDCC) vectors is applied to improve the performance of speech recognition. Two extended PDCC techniques are presented. One is based on the refinement of PDCC using vector quantisation. The other is based on the interpolation of compensation vectors. Both techniques are evaluated on the experiments on telephone speech recognition and speaker adaptation. The experimental results show that the performance can be significantly improved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-135
Number of pages7
JournalIEE Proceedings: Vision, Image and Signal Processing
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1997


  • Automatic speech recognition
  • Hidden markov model

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