A Phone-Dependent Confidence Measure for Utterance Rejection


Rivlin, Z., Cohen, M., Abrash, V., & Chung, T. (1996, May). A phone-dependent confidence measure for utterance rejection. In 1996 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing Conference Proceedings (Vol. 1, pp. 515-517). IEEE.


An acoustic confidence measure for acceptance/rejection of recognition hypotheses for continuous speech utterances is proposed. This measure is useful for rejecting utterances that are out of domain, or contain out-of-vocabulary words or speech disfluencies. A phone-based approach is implemented so that a single global threshold can be applied to hypothesis rejection for any word sequence. Phone confidence is computed for each frame of speech as the posterior phone probability given the acoustic observation. Word sequence confidence is evaluated as the average phone confidence, either by weighting all frames equally or by normalizing by phone duration. The confidence measure is tested on a database of spoken company names. When normalized by phone duration, it achieves, in some cases with less computational expense, rejection performance comparable to a baseline system implementing a common filler-model approach. When all frames are weighted, performance is substantially poorer.

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