Multimodal Punctuation Prediction with Contextual Dropout [article]

Andrew Silva, Barry-John Theobald, Nicholas Apostoloff
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Automatic speech recognition (ASR) is widely used in consumer electronics. ASR greatly improves the utility and accessibility of technology, but usually the output is only word sequences without punctuation. This can result in ambiguity in inferring user-intent. We first present a transformer-based approach for punctuation prediction that achieves 8% improvement on the IWSLT 2012 TED Task, beating the previous state of the art [1]. We next describe our multimodal model that learns from both
more » ... and audio, which achieves 8% improvement over the text-only algorithm on an internal dataset for which we have both the audio and transcriptions. Finally, we present an approach to learning a model using contextual dropout that allows us to handle variable amounts of future context at test time.
arXiv:2102.11012v1 fatcat:7gwwo7aywfeh5l3w7zwjaro5oy