Joint Phoneme Segmentation Inference and Classification using CRFs
State-of-the-art phoneme sequence recognition systems are based on hybrid hidden Markov model/artificial neural networks (HMM/ANN) framework. In this framework, the local classifier, ANN, is typically trained using Viterbi expectation-maximization algorithm, which involves two separate steps: phoneme sequence segmentation and training of ANN. In this paper, we propose a CRF based phoneme sequence recognition approach that simultaneously infers the phoneme segmentation and classifies the phoneme sequence. More specifically, the phoneme sequence recognition system consists of a local classifier ANN followed by a conditional random field (CRF) whose parameters are trained jointly, using a cost function that discriminates the true phoneme sequence against all competing sequences. In order to efficiently train such a system we introduce a novel CRF based segmentation using acyclic graph. We study the viability of the proposed approach on TIMIT phoneme recognition task. Our studies show that the proposed approach is capable of achieving performance similar to standard hybrid HMM/ANN and ANN/CRF systems where the ANN is trained with manual segmentation.
Record created on 2014-11-19, modified on 2016-08-09