Date of Original Version

1998

Type

Conference Proceeding

Abstract or Description

In this paper, we present novel techniques for performing topic adaptation on an n-gram language model. Given training text labeled with topic information, we automatically identify the most relevant topics for new text. We adapt our language model toward these topics using an exponential model, by adjusting probabilities in our model to agree with those found in the topical subset of the training data. For efficiency, we do not normalize the model; that is, we do not require that the "probabilities" in the language model sum to 1. With these techniques, we were able to achieve a modest reduction in speech recognition word-error rate in the Broadcast News domain.

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