RNN or CNN, that’s the question. so what should you use?
Let the battle begin
So speech recognition is a very broad task. People use speech recognition to do speech-to-text on videos, a pre-recorded data which you can go back and forth between past and future and optimize the output a couple of times. On the other hand voice control is also a speech recognition task, but you need to do all this speech processing in real time. And within a low latency time manner.
And now comes the big question. Which technologies should you use RNN or CNN? in this post, We’re going to talk about that
so generally, speech waveform data by using a CMVN or MFCC, can be converted to 2D image data and then, from that point is basically an image that you can show to people and people can learn how each word will look like. So, it is basically detecting where exactly the word is happening. And it’s very similar to an object detection task. very similar, but not quite the same. And why is that? So, a lot of times we also have trouble detecting words but we are using the language grammar in the background of our head to predict what exactly the next word would look like. And we’re using that and combining that with the waveform data and then we detect the right word so if you say, a very strange word to people, they will have trouble getting the correct text out of it. But if you teach them a couple of times, and they know that when these words pop up, they will have much less trouble detecting them. So the machine learning community uses the same approach.
In modern speech recognition engines ML engineers first use CNN to capture the features, or at least detect how likely the word is, and then run an RNN in the background as a language model to improve the result. So in the case of voice control, you don’t care about the language model, because there is no language model. You can say whatever word you want, or at least we give you that freedom, and then you just need the text out of the word that you just said.
So in that case there is no use for RNN as there is no language model. And a 1D convolutional network is enough. So it is the same as localization and object detection in classic machine learning. So if you use the same technique as YOLO to move around the convolution layer, around the waveform, and just detect the maximum confidence score on a window, then you can find the exact word happening at that time. The problem is as the number of words increases and increases this technique will become more and more challenging. So you need to develop more mature techniques. And that’s exactly why we introduced HMM. The best technique is to use a hidden Markov model To detect which word is spoken in a certain way and then slide that word over the signal and find out if it’s actually that signal or not. And by using that we can do that alignment. We can do better force alignment, use that data, and also feed it to Hmm, To increase the accuracy and finally, we create this awesome engine with a great amount of accuracy that no one has seen ever before.
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