Pre-training in Deep Reinforcement Learning for Automatic Speech Recognition

Deep reinforcement learning (deep RL) is a combination of deep learning with reinforcement learning principles to create efficient methods that can learn by interacting with its environment. This led to breakthroughs in many complex tasks that were previously difficult to solve. However, deep RL requires a large amount of training time that makes it difficult to use in various real-life applications like human-computer interaction (HCI). Therefore, in this paper, we study pre-training in deep RL to reduce the training time and improve the performance in speech recognition, a popular application of HCI. We achieve significantly improved performance in less time on a publicly available speech command recognition dataset.

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