Transformation-based Bayesian predictive classification using online prior evolution

Jen-Tzung Chien*, Guo Hong Liao

*Corresponding author for this work

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The mismatch between training and testing environments makes the necessity of speech recognizers to be adaptive both in acoustic modeling and decision making. Accordingly, the speech hidden Markov models (HMMs) should be able to incrementally capture the evolving statistics of environments using online available data. Also, it is necessary for speech recognizers to exploit the robust decision strategy, which takes the uncertainty of parameters into account. This paper presents a transformation-based Bayesian predictive classification (TBPC) where the uncertainty of transformation parameters of HMM mean vector and precision matrix is adequately represented by a joint multivariate prior density of normal-Wishart belonging to the conjugate family. The formulation of TBPC decision is correspondingly constructed. Due to the benefit of conjugate density, we generate the reproducible prior/posterior pair such that the hyperparameters of prior density could evolve successively to new environments using online test/adaptation data. The evolved hyperparameters could suitably describe the parameter uncertainty for TBPC decision. Therefore, a novel framework of TBPC geared with online prior evolution (OPE) capability is developed for robust speech recognition. This framework is examined to be effective as well as efficient on the recognition task of connected Chinese digits in hands-free car environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-410
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 May 2001


  • Hidden Markov model
  • Multivariate t distribution
  • Online prior evolution
  • Speech recognition
  • Transformation-based Bayesian predictive classification

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