Jasha Droppo, Alex Acero, and Li Deng
There exists a number of cepstral de-noising algorithms which perform quite well when trained and tested under similar acoustic environments, but degrade quickly under mismatched conditions. We present two key results that make these algorithms practical in real noise environments, with the ability to adapt to different acoustic environments over time. First, we show that it is possible to leverage the existing de-noising computations to estimate the acoustic environment on-line and in real time. Second, we show that it is not necessary to collect large amounts of training data in each environment–clean data with artificial mixing is sufficient. When this new method is used as a pre-processing stage to a large vocabulary speech recognition system, it can be made robust to a wide variety of acoustic environments. With synthetic training data, we are able to reduce the word error rate by 27%.
In Proc. ICASSP
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
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