Designing a Non-Finite-State Weighted Transducer Toolkit

Toolkits for weighted finite-state machines (WFSM's) have proven to be tremendously useful in a wide variety of speech and language applications. While WFSM's can directly represent finite-state statistical models such as hidden Markov models, this is not the case for many models of interest. In this paper, we consider extending a WFSM toolkit to a non-finite-state formalism. We select a formalism that is both useful and efficient to compute with, and analyze what finite-state operations can be extended to this automaton class. We describe a design for a toolkit for manipulating these automata, and give examples of how our toolkit can be used to quickly train and evaluate models for a variety of language tasks.

By: Stanley F. Chen

Published in: RC24829 in 2009


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