Restoring Punctuation and Capitalization in Transcribed Speech

Agustín Gravano
Martin Jansche
IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP)(2009), pp. 4741-4744


Adding punctuation and capitalization greatly improves the readability of automatic speech transcripts. We discuss an approach for performing both tasks in a single pass using a purely text-based n-gram language model. We study the effect on performance of varying the n-gram order (from n = 3 to n = 6) and the amount of training data (from 58 million to 55 billion tokens). Our results show that using larger training data sets consistently improves performance, while increasing the n-gram order does not help nearly as much.

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