Exploring Mimic Loss for Robust ASR
We have recently devised a non-local criterion, called mimic loss, for training a model for speech denoising. This objective, which uses feedback from a senone classifier trained on clean speech, ensures that the denoising model produces spectral features are useful for speech recognition. We combine this knowledge transfer technique with the traditional local criterion to train the speech enhancer. We achieve a new state-of-the-art for the CHiME-2 corpus by feeding the denoised outputs to an off-the-shelf Kaldi recipe. An in-depth analysis of mimic loss reveals that this performance correlates with better reproduction of consonants with low average energy.