InterSpeech 2021

Librispeech Transducer Model with Internal Language Model Prior Correction
(3 minutes introduction)

Albert Zeyer (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), André Merboldt (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Wilfried Michel (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Ralf Schlüter (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Hermann Ney (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
We present our transducer model on Librispeech. We study variants to include an external language model (LM) with shallow fusion and subtract an estimated internal LM. This is justified by a Bayesian interpretation where the transducer model prior is given by the estimated internal LM. The subtraction of the internal LM gives us over 14% relative improvement over normal shallow fusion. Our transducer has a separate probability distribution for the non-blank labels which allows for easier combination with the external LM, and easier estimation of the internal LM. We additionally take care of including the end-of-sentence (EOS) probability of the external LM in the last blank probability which further improves the performance. All our code and setups are published.