Unsupervised Domain Adaptation for Speech Recognition via Uncertainty Driven Self-Training

Sameer Khurana, Niko Moritz, Takaaki Hori, Jonathan Le Roux

The performance of automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems typically degrades significantly when the training and test data domains are mismatched. In this paper, we show that self-training (ST) combined with an uncertainty-based pseudo-label filtering approach can be effectively used for domain adaptation. We propose DUST, a dropout-based uncertainty-driven self-training technique which uses agreement between multiple predictions of an ASR system obtained for different dropout settings to measure the model's uncertainty about its prediction. DUST excludes pseudo-labeled data with high uncertainties from the training, which leads to substantially improved ASR results compared to ST without filtering, and accelerates the training time due to a reduced training data set. Domain adaptation experiments using WSJ as a source domain and TED-LIUM 3 as well as SWITCHBOARD as the target domains show that up to 80% of the performance of a system trained on ground-truth data can be recovered.

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