Model shrinkage for discriminative language models

Takanobu Oba, Takaaki Hori, Atsushi Nakamura, Akinori Ito

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This paper describes a technique for overcoming the model shrinkage problem in automatic speech recognition (ASR), which allows application developers and users to control the model size with less degradation of accuracy. Recently, models for ASR systems tend to be large and this can constitute a bottleneck for developers and users without special knowledge of ASR with respect to introducing the ASR function. Specifically, discriminative language models (DLMs) are usually designed in a high-dimensional parameter space, although DLMs have gained increasing attention as an approach for improving recognition accuracy. Our proposed method can be applied to linear models including DLMs, in which the score of an input sample is given by the inner product of its features and the model parameters, but our proposed method can shrink models in an easy computation by obtaining simple statistics, which are square sums of feature values appearing in a data set. Our experimental results show that our proposed method can shrink a DLM with little degradation in accuracy and perform properly whether or not the data for obtaining the statistics are the same as the data for training the model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1465-1474
Number of pages10
JournalIEICE Transactions on Information and Systems
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012 May


  • Discriminative language model
  • Feature selection
  • Linear model
  • Model shrinkage problem


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