Relative Density Nets: A New Way to Combine Backpropagation with HMM's

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 14 (NIPS 2001)

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Andrew Brown, Geoffrey E. Hinton


Logistic units in the first hidden layer of a feedforward neural net(cid:173) work compute the relative probability of a data point under two Gaussians. This leads us to consider substituting other density models. We present an architecture for performing discriminative learning of Hidden Markov Models using a network of many small HMM's. Experiments on speech data show it to be superior to the standard method of discriminatively training HMM's.