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A tutorial on hidden Markov models and selected applications in speech recognition
 PROCEEDINGS OF THE IEEE
, 1989
"... Although initially introduced and studied in the late 1960s and early 1970s, statistical methods of Markov source or hidden Markov modeling have become increasingly popular in the last several years. There are two strong reasons why this has occurred. First the models are very rich in mathematical s ..."
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Although initially introduced and studied in the late 1960s and early 1970s, statistical methods of Markov source or hidden Markov modeling have become increasingly popular in the last several years. There are two strong reasons why this has occurred. First the models are very rich in mathematical structure and hence can form the theoretical basis for use in a wide range of applications. Second the models, when applied properly, work very well in practice for several important applications. In this paper we attempt to carefully and methodically review the theoretical aspects of this type of statistical modeling and show how they have been applied to selected problems in machine recognition of speech.
From HMM's to Segment Models: A Unified View of Stochastic Modeling for Speech Recognition
, 1996
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Hidden Markov processes
 IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory
, 2002
"... Abstract—An overview of statistical and informationtheoretic aspects of hidden Markov processes (HMPs) is presented. An HMP is a discretetime finitestate homogeneous Markov chain observed through a discretetime memoryless invariant channel. In recent years, the work of Baum and Petrie on finite ..."
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Abstract—An overview of statistical and informationtheoretic aspects of hidden Markov processes (HMPs) is presented. An HMP is a discretetime finitestate homogeneous Markov chain observed through a discretetime memoryless invariant channel. In recent years, the work of Baum and Petrie on finitestate finitealphabet HMPs was expanded to HMPs with finite as well as continuous state spaces and a general alphabet. In particular, statistical properties and ergodic theorems for relative entropy densities of HMPs were developed. Consistency and asymptotic normality of the maximumlikelihood (ML) parameter estimator were proved under some mild conditions. Similar results were established for switching autoregressive processes. These processes generalize HMPs. New algorithms were developed for estimating the state, parameter, and order of an HMP, for universal coding and classification of HMPs, and for universal decoding of hidden Markov channels. These and other related topics are reviewed in this paper. Index Terms—Baum–Petrie algorithm, entropy ergodic theorems, finitestate channels, hidden Markov models, identifiability, Kalman filter, maximumlikelihood (ML) estimation, order estimation, recursive parameter estimation, switching autoregressive processes, Ziv inequality. I.
HiddenArticulator Markov Models For Speech Recognition
 In Proc. IEEE Intl. Conf. on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing
, 2000
"... In traditional speech recognition using Hidden Markov Models (HMMs), each state represents an acoustic portion of a phoneme. We explore the concept of an articulator based HMM, where each state represents a particular articulatory configuration [Erler 1996]. In this paper, we present a novel articul ..."
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In traditional speech recognition using Hidden Markov Models (HMMs), each state represents an acoustic portion of a phoneme. We explore the concept of an articulator based HMM, where each state represents a particular articulatory configuration [Erler 1996]. In this paper, we present a novel articulatory feature mapping and a new technique for model initialization. In addition, we use diphone modeling which allows context dependent training of transition probabilities. Our goal is to confirm that articulatory knowledge can assist speech recognition. We demonstrate this by showing that our mapping of articulatory configurations to phonemes performs better than random mappings. Furthermore, we demonstrate the practicality of the model by showing that, in combination with a standard model, a 1221% relative word error rate decrease occurs relative to the standard model alone. 1. INTRODUCTION Hidden Markov Models (HMMs) are a popular approach for speech recognition. Commonly, a lefttor...
Graphical models and automatic speech recognition
 Mathematical Foundations of Speech and Language Processing
, 2003
"... Graphical models provide a promising paradigm to study both existing and novel techniques for automatic speech recognition. This paper first provides a brief overview of graphical models and their uses as statistical models. It is then shown that the statistical assumptions behind many pattern recog ..."
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Graphical models provide a promising paradigm to study both existing and novel techniques for automatic speech recognition. This paper first provides a brief overview of graphical models and their uses as statistical models. It is then shown that the statistical assumptions behind many pattern recognition techniques commonly used as part of a speech recognition system can be described by a graph – this includes Gaussian distributions, mixture models, decision trees, factor analysis, principle component analysis, linear discriminant analysis, and hidden Markov models. Moreover, this paper shows that many advanced models for speech recognition and language processing can also be simply described by a graph, including many at the acoustic, pronunciation, and languagemodeling levels. A number of speech recognition techniques born directly out of the graphicalmodels paradigm are also surveyed. Additionally, this paper includes a novel graphical analysis regarding why derivative (or delta) features improve hidden Markov modelbased speech recognition by improving structural discriminability. It also includes an example where a graph can be used to represent language model smoothing constraints. As will be seen, the space of models describable by a graph is quite large. A thorough exploration of this space should yield techniques that ultimately will supersede the hidden Markov model.
Connectionist Probability Estimation in HMM Speech Recognition
 IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing
, 1992
"... This report is concerned with integrating connectionist networks into a hidden Markov model (HMM) speech recognition system, This is achieved through a statistical understanding of connectionist networks as probability estimators, first elucidated by Herve Bourlard. We review the basis of HMM speech ..."
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This report is concerned with integrating connectionist networks into a hidden Markov model (HMM) speech recognition system, This is achieved through a statistical understanding of connectionist networks as probability estimators, first elucidated by Herve Bourlard. We review the basis of HMM speech recognition, and point out the possible benefits of incorporating connectionist networks. We discuss some issues necessary to the construction of a connectionist HMM recognition system, and describe the performance of such a system, including evaluations on the DARPA database, in collaboration with Mike Cohen and Horacio Franco of SRI International. In conclusion, we show that a connectionist component improves a state of the art HMM system. ii Part I INTRODUCTION Over the past few years, connectionist models have been widely proposed as a potentially powerful approach to speech recognition (e.g. Makino et al. (1983), Huang et al. (1988) and Waibel et al. (1989)). However, whilst connec...
SecondOrder Statistical Measures for TextIndependent Speaker Identification
 SPEECH COMMUNICATION
, 1995
"... This article presents an overview of several measures for speaker recognition. These measures relate to secondorder statistical tests, and can be expressed under a common formalism. Alternate formulations of these measures are given and their mathematical properties are studied. In their basic form ..."
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This article presents an overview of several measures for speaker recognition. These measures relate to secondorder statistical tests, and can be expressed under a common formalism. Alternate formulations of these measures are given and their mathematical properties are studied. In their basic form, these measures are asymmetric, but they can be symmetrized in various ways. All measures are tested in the framework of textindependent closedset speaker identification, on 3 variants of the TIMIT database (630 speakers) : TIMIT (high quality speech), FTIMIT (a restricted bandwidth version of TIMIT) and NTIMIT (telephone quality). Remarkable performances are obtained on TIMIT but the results naturally deteriorate with FTIMIT and NTIMIT. Symmetrization appears to be a factor of improvement, especially when little speech material is available. The use of some of the proposed measures as a reference benchmark to evaluate the intrinsic complexity of a given database under a given protocol is finally suggested as a conclusion to this work.
Factored sparse inverse covariance matrices
 In Proc. IEEE Intl. Conf. on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing
, 2000
"... Most HMMbased speech recognition systems use Gaussian mixtures as observation probability density functions. An important goal in all such systems is to improve parsimony. One method is to adjust the type of covariance matrices used. In this work, factored sparse inverse covariance matrices are int ..."
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Most HMMbased speech recognition systems use Gaussian mixtures as observation probability density functions. An important goal in all such systems is to improve parsimony. One method is to adjust the type of covariance matrices used. In this work, factored sparse inverse covariance matrices are introduced. Based on Í �Í factorization, the inverse covariance matrix can be represented using linear regressive coefficients which 1) correspond to sparse patterns in the inverse covariance matrix (and therefore represent conditional independence properties of the Gaussian), and 2), result in a method of partial tying of the covariance matrices without requiring nonlinear EM update equations. Results show that the performance of fullcovariance Gaussians can be matched by factored sparse inverse covariance Gaussians having significantly fewer parameters. 1.
What HMMs can do
, 2002
"... Since their inception over thirty years ago, hidden Markov models (HMMs) have have become the predominant methodology for automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems — today, most stateoftheart speech systems are HMMbased. There have been a number of ways to explain HMMs and to list their capabil ..."
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Since their inception over thirty years ago, hidden Markov models (HMMs) have have become the predominant methodology for automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems — today, most stateoftheart speech systems are HMMbased. There have been a number of ways to explain HMMs and to list their capabilities, each of these ways having both advantages and disadvantages. In an effort to better understand what HMMs can do, this tutorial analyzes HMMs by exploring a novel way in which an HMM can be defined, namely in terms of random variables and conditional independence assumptions. We prefer this definition as it allows us to reason more throughly about the capabilities of HMMs. In particular, it is possible to deduce that there are, in theory at least, no theoretical limitations to the class of probability distributions representable by HMMs. This paper concludes that, in search of a model to supersede the HMM for ASR, we should rather than trying to correct for HMM limitations in the general case, new models should be found based on their potential for better parsimony, computational requirements, and noise insensitivity.
Hybrid HMM/ANN Systems for Speech Recognition: Overview and New Research Directions
 in Adaptive Processing of Sequences and Data Structures, ser. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (1387
, 1998
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