Workshop: Second Workshop on Efficient Natural Language and Speech Processing (ENLSP-II)

On Spectral and Temporal Feature Encoding Behaviour in Stacked Architectures

Vaibhav Singh · Vinayak Abrol · Karan Nathwani

Keywords: [ ENLSP-Main ]


Acoustic models typically employ production and perception based short-term features. In the context of deep models the acoustic information is hierarchically combined either 1) across frequency bands followed by temporal modelling similar to cepstrum features; or 2) across temporal trajectories followed by combination across spectral bands similar to relative spectra (RASTA) features. Such a processing pipeline is often implemented using low-rank methods to achieve low-footprint compared to SOTA models involving simultaneous spectral-temporal processing. However, very few attempts have been made to address the question of if and how such deep acoustic models flexibly integrate information from spectral or temporal features. In this work with the help of an Large vocabulary continuous speech recognition (LVCSR) case study, the geometry of loss landscape is used as a visualisation tool to understand the link between generalization error and spectral or temporal feature integration in learning task-specific information.

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