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VAIS Hate Speech Detection System: A Deep Learning based Approach for System Combination

Oct 12, 2019
Thai Binh Nguyen, Quang Minh Nguyen, Thu Hien Nguyen, Ngoc Phuong Pham, The Loc Nguyen, Quoc Truong Do

Nowadays, Social network sites (SNSs) such as Facebook, Twitter are common places where people show their opinions, sentiments and share information with others. However, some people use SNSs to post abuse and harassment threats in order to prevent other SNSs users from expressing themselves as well as seeking different opinions. To deal with this problem, SNSs have to use a lot of resources including people to clean the aforementioned content. In this paper, we propose a supervised learning model based on the ensemble method to solve the problem of detecting hate content on SNSs in order to make conversations on SNSs more effective. Our proposed model got the first place for public dashboard with 0.730 F1 macro-score and the third place with 0.584 F1 macro-score for private dashboard at the sixth international workshop on Vietnamese Language and Speech Processing 2019.

* 5 pages, 6 figures, Vietnamese Language and Speech Processing conference 

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SNDCNN: Self-normalizing deep CNNs with scaled exponential linear units for speech recognition

Oct 09, 2019
Zhen Huang, Tim Ng, Leo Liu, Henry Mason, Xiaodan Zhuang, Daben Liu

Very deep CNNs achieve state-of-the-art results in both computer vision and speech recognition, but are difficult to train. The most popular way to train very deep CNNs is to use shortcut connections (SC) together with batch normalization (BN). Inspired by Self-Normalizing Neural Networks, we propose the self-normalizing deep CNN (SNDCNN) based acoustic model topology, by removing the SC/BN and replacing the typical RELU activations with scaled exponential linear unit (SELU) in ResNet-50. SELU activations make the network self-normalizing and remove the need for both shortcut connections and batch normalization. Compared to ResNet-50, we can achieve the same or lower word error rate (WER) while at the same time improving both training and inference speed by 60%-80%. We also explore other model inference optimizations to further reduce latency for production use.


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Improving Dialogue Act Classification for Spontaneous Arabic Speech and Instant Messages at Utterance Level

May 30, 2018
AbdelRahim Elmadany, Sherif Abdou, Mervat Gheith

The ability to model and automatically detect dialogue act is an important step toward understanding spontaneous speech and Instant Messages. However, it has been difficult to infer a dialogue act from a surface utterance because it highly depends on the context of the utterance and speaker linguistic knowledge; especially in Arabic dialects. This paper proposes a statistical dialogue analysis model to recognize utterance's dialogue acts using a multi-classes hierarchical structure. The model can automatically acquire probabilistic discourse knowledge from a dialogue corpus were collected and annotated manually from multi-genre Egyptian call-centers. Extensive experiments were conducted using Support Vector Machines classifier to evaluate the system performance. The results attained in the term of average F-measure scores of 0.912; showed that the proposed approach has moderately improved F-measure by approximately 20%.

* 11th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, 7-12 May 2018, Miyazaki (Japan) 

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Accelerating recurrent neural network language model based online speech recognition system

Jan 30, 2018
Kyungmin Lee, Chiyoun Park, Namhoon Kim, Jaewon Lee

This paper presents methods to accelerate recurrent neural network based language models (RNNLMs) for online speech recognition systems. Firstly, a lossy compression of the past hidden layer outputs (history vector) with caching is introduced in order to reduce the number of LM queries. Next, RNNLM computations are deployed in a CPU-GPU hybrid manner, which computes each layer of the model on a more advantageous platform. The added overhead by data exchanges between CPU and GPU is compensated through a frame-wise batching strategy. The performance of the proposed methods evaluated on LibriSpeech test sets indicates that the reduction in history vector precision improves the average recognition speed by 1.23 times with minimum degradation in accuracy. On the other hand, the CPU-GPU hybrid parallelization enables RNNLM based real-time recognition with a four times improvement in speed.

* 4 pages, 4 figures, 3 tables, ICASSP2018(Accepted) 

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Building a great multi-lingual teacher with sparsely-gated mixture of experts for speech recognition

Jan 04, 2022
Kenichi Kumatani, Robert Gmyr, Felipe Cruz Salinas, Linquan Liu, Wei Zuo, Devang Patel, Eric Sun, Yu Shi

The sparsely-gated Mixture of Experts (MoE) can magnify a network capacity with a little computational complexity. In this work, we investigate how multi-lingual Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) networks can be scaled up with a simple routing algorithm in order to achieve better accuracy. More specifically, we apply the sparsely-gated MoE technique to two types of networks: Sequence-to-Sequence Transformer (S2S-T) and Transformer Transducer (T-T). We demonstrate through a set of ASR experiments on multiple language data that the MoE networks can reduce the relative word error rates by 16.3% and 4.6% with the S2S-T and T-T, respectively. Moreover, we thoroughly investigate the effect of the MoE on the T-T architecture in various conditions: streaming mode, non-streaming mode, the use of language ID and the label decoder with the MoE.


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Speech Representation Learning Combining Conformer CPC with Deep Cluster for the ZeroSpeech Challenge 2021

Jul 13, 2021
Takashi Maekaku, Xuankai Chang, Yuya Fujita, Li-Wei Chen, Shinji Watanabe, Alexander Rudnicky

We present a system for the Zero Resource Speech Challenge 2021, which combines a Contrastive Predictive Coding (CPC) with deep cluster. In deep cluster, we first prepare pseudo-labels obtained by clustering the outputs of a CPC network with k-means. Then, we train an additional autoregressive model to classify the previously obtained pseudo-labels in a supervised manner. Phoneme discriminative representation is achieved by executing the second-round clustering with the outputs of the final layer of the autoregressive model. We show that replacing a Transformer layer with a Conformer layer leads to a further gain in a lexical metric. Experimental results show that a relative improvement of 35% in a phonetic metric, 1.5% in the lexical metric, and 2.3% in a syntactic metric are achieved compared to a baseline method of CPC-small which is trained on LibriSpeech 460h data. We achieve top results in this challenge with the syntactic metric.


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Online End-to-End Neural Diarization Handling Overlapping Speech and Flexible Numbers of Speakers

Jan 21, 2021
Yawen Xue, Shota Horiguchi, Yusuke Fujita, Yuki Takashima, Shinji Watanabe, Paola Garcia, Kenji Nagamatsu

This paper proposes an online end-to-end diarization that can handle overlapping speech and flexible numbers of speakers. The end-to-end neural speaker diarization (EEND) model has already achieved significant improvement when compared with conventional clustering-based methods. However, the original EEND has two limitations: i) EEND does not perform well in online scenarios; ii) the number of speakers must be fixed in advance. This paper solves both problems by applying a modified extension of the speaker-tracing buffer method that deals with variable numbers of speakers. Experiments on CALLHOME and DIHARD II datasets show that the proposed online method achieves comparable performance to the offline EEND method. Compared with the state-of-the-art online method based on a fully supervised approach (UIS-RNN), the proposed method shows better performance on the DIHARD II dataset.


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