Semi-supervised Sequence-to-sequence ASR using Unpaired Speech and Text

    •  Baskar, M.K., Watanabe, S., Astudillo, R., Hori, T., Burget, L., Cernocky, J.H., "Semi-supervised Sequence-to-sequence ASR using Unpaired Speech and Text", Interspeech, DOI: 10.21437/​Interspeech.2019-3167, September 2019, pp. 3790-3794.
      BibTeX TR2019-100 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Baskar2019sep,
      • author = {Baskar, Murali Karthick and Watanabe, Shinji and Astudillo, Ramon and Hori, Takaaki and Burget, Lukas and Cernocky, Jan, Honza},
      • title = {Semi-supervised Sequence-to-sequence ASR using Unpaired Speech and Text},
      • booktitle = {Interspeech},
      • year = 2019,
      • pages = {3790--3794},
      • month = sep,
      • doi = {10.21437/Interspeech.2019-3167},
      • issn = {1990-9772},
      • url = {}
      • }
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    Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Speech & Audio


Sequence-to-sequence automatic speech recognition (ASR) models require large quantities of data to attain high performance. For this reason, there has been a recent surge in interest for unsupervised and semi-supervised training in such models. This work builds upon recent results showing notable improvements in semi-supervised training using cycle-consistency and related techniques. Such techniques derive training procedures and losses able to leverage unpaired speech and/or text data by combining ASR with Text-to-Speech (TTS) models. In particular, this work proposes a new semi-supervised loss combining an end-to-end differentiable ASR->TTS loss with TTS->ASR loss. The method is able to leverage both unpaired speech and text data to outperform recently proposed related techniques in terms of %WER. We provide extensive results analyzing the impact of data quantity and speech and text modalities and show consistent gains across WSJ and Librispeech corpora. Our code is provided in ESPnet to reproduce the experiments.


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