A baseline model for computationally inexpensive speech recognition for Kazakh using the Coqui STT framework

Ilnar Salimzianov

Mobile devices are transforming the way people interact with computers, and speech interfaces to applications are ever more important. Automatic Speech Recognition systems recently published are very accurate, but often require powerful machinery (specialised Graphical Processing Units) for inference, which makes them impractical to run on commodity devices, especially in streaming mode. Impressed by the accuracy of, but dissatisfied with the inference times of the baseline Kazakh ASR model of (Khassanov et al.,2021) when not using a GPU, we trained a new baseline acoustic model (on the same dataset as the aforementioned paper) and three language models for use with the Coqui STT framework. Results look promising, but further epochs of training and parameter sweeping or, alternatively, limiting the vocabulary that the ASR system must support, is needed to reach a production-level accuracy.

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