Investigation of End-To-End Speaker-Attributed ASR for Continuous Multi-Talker Recordings

08/11/2020
by   Naoyuki Kanda, et al.
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Recently, an end-to-end (E2E) speaker-attributed automatic speech recognition (SA-ASR) model was proposed as a joint model of speaker counting, speech recognition and speaker identification for monaural overlapped speech. It showed promising results for simulated speech mixtures consisting of various numbers of speakers. However, the model required prior knowledge of speaker profiles to perform speaker identification, which significantly limited the application of the model. In this paper, we extend the prior work by addressing the case where no speaker profile is available. Specifically, we perform speaker counting and clustering by using the internal speaker representations of the E2E SA-ASR model to diarize the utterances of the speakers whose profiles are missing from the speaker inventory. We also propose a simple modification to the reference labels of the E2E SA-ASR training which helps handle continuous multi-talker recordings well. We conduct a comprehensive investigation of the original E2E SA-ASR and the proposed method on the monaural LibriCSS dataset. Compared to the original E2E SA-ASR with relevant speaker profiles, the proposed method achieves a close performance without any prior speaker knowledge. We also show that the source-target attention in the E2E SA-ASR model provides information about the start and end times of the hypotheses.

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