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2003 Technical Reports

Confidence Measures for Speech Recognition: A Survey

Hui Jiang

Technical Report CS-2003-06

York University

May 30, 2003


In speech recognition, confidence measures (CM) are used to evaluate reliability of recognition results. A good confidence measure can largely benefit speech recognition systems in many practical applications. In this survey, I summarize most research works related to confidence measures which have been done during the past 10-12 years. I will present all these approaches as three major categories, namely CM as a combination of predictor features, CM as a posterior probability, and CM as utterance verification. Then, I also introduce some recent advances in the area. Moreover, I will discuss capabilities and limitations of the current CM techniques and generally comment on today's CM approaches. Based on the discussion, I will conclude the paper with some clues for future works.

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