SLM Tuning: Lessons Learned. David Claiborn. Agenda:. Define Statistical Language Model (SLM) Advantages and disadvantages of SLM technology How an SLM is used at Sprint/Nextel Practical SLM Tuning considerations Is an SLM right for your speech project? Questions.
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Definition of an SLM: A statistical language model is a probabilistic description of the constraints on word order found in a given language .(Bahl et al 1983)
“My phone won’t make calls.”
“I have a question about my phone.”
“I want to buy a new phone.”
“My phone is broken.”
“I want to buy a phone charger.”
“I lost my phone.”
At these were the initial questions IBM Global Services asked Sprint which led to the creation of Sprint’s SLM:
Bahl, L.R., Jelinek, F. & Mercer, R.L. (1983) "A Maximum Likelihood Approach to Continuous Speech Recognition", IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis & Machine Intelligence, 5 (2), pp 179-190