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On the Determinization of Weighted Finite Automata
 SIAM J. Comput
, 1998
"... . We study determinization of weighted finitestate automata (WFAs), which has important applications in automatic speech recognition (ASR). We provide the first polynomialtime algorithm to test for the twins property, which determines if a WFA admits a deterministic equivalent. We also provide ..."
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. We study determinization of weighted finitestate automata (WFAs), which has important applications in automatic speech recognition (ASR). We provide the first polynomialtime algorithm to test for the twins property, which determines if a WFA admits a deterministic equivalent. We also provide a rigorous analysis of a determinization algorithm of Mohri, with tight bounds for acyclic WFAs. Given that WFAs can expand exponentially when determinized, we explore why those used in ASR tend to shrink. The folklore explanation is that ASR WFAs have an acyclic, multipartite structure. We show, however, that there exist such WFAs that always incur exponential expansion when determinized. We then introduce a class of WFAs, also with this structure, whose expansion depends on the weights: some weightings cause them to shrink, while others, including random weightings, cause them to expand exponentially. We provide experimental evidence that ASR WFAs exhibit this weight dependence. ...