A Comparative Study on Non-Autoregressive Modelings for Speech-to-Text Generation

Non-autoregressive (NAR) models simultaneously generate multiple outputs in a sequence, which significantly reduces the inference speed at the cost of accuracy drop compared to autoregressive baselines. Showing great potential for real-time applications, an increasing number of NAR models have been explored in different fields to mitigate the performance gap against AR models... In this work, we conduct a comparative study of various NAR modeling methods for end-to-end automatic speech recognition (ASR). Experiments are performed in the state-of-the-art setting using ESPnet. The results on various tasks provide interesting findings for developing an understanding of NAR ASR, such as the accuracy-speed trade-off and robustness against long-form utterances. We also show that the techniques can be combined for further improvement and applied to NAR end-to-end speech translation. All the implementations are publicly available to encourage further research in NAR speech processing. read more

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