Low-Resource Spoken Language Identification Using Self-Attentive Pooling and Deep 1D Time-Channel Separable Convolutions

31 May 2021  ·  Roman Bedyakin, Nikolay Mikhaylovskiy ·

This memo describes NTR/TSU winning submission for Low Resource ASR challenge at Dialog2021 conference, language identification track. Spoken Language Identification (LID) is an important step in a multilingual Automated Speech Recognition (ASR) system pipeline. Traditionally, the ASR task requires large volumes of labeled data that are unattainable for most of the world's languages, including most of the languages of Russia. In this memo, we show that a convolutional neural network with a Self-Attentive Pooling layer shows promising results in low-resource setting for the language identification task and set up a SOTA for the Low Resource ASR challenge dataset. Additionally, we compare the structure of confusion matrices for this and significantly more diverse VoxForge dataset and state and substantiate the hypothesis that whenever the dataset is diverse enough so that the other classification factors, like gender, age etc. are well-averaged, the confusion matrix for LID system bears the language similarity measure.

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