Abstract for mrva_icslp04

Proc ICSLP, October 2004, Jeju Island, Korea


David Mrva and Philip C. Woodland

October 2004

This paper describes experiments with a PLSA-based language model for conversational telephone speech. This model uses a long-range history and exploits topic information in the test text to adjust probabilities of test words. The PLSA-based model was found to lower test set perplexity over a traditional word+class-based 4-gram by 13% (optimistic estimate using a reference transcript as history) or by 6% (realistic estimate using recognised transcript as history). Moreover, this paper introduces a use of confidence scores to weight words in the history, a weight of the prior topic distribution and a way of calculating perplexity that accounts for recognition errors in the model context.

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