Effects of Layer Freezing on Transferring a Speech Recognition System to Under-resourced Languages

Eberhard, Onno and Zesch, Torsten

In this paper, we investigate the effect of layer freezing on the effectiveness of model transfer in the area of automatic speech recognition. We experiment with Mozilla’s DeepSpeech architecture on German and Swiss German speech datasets and compare the results of either training from scratch vs. transferring a pre-trained model. We compare different layer freezing schemes and find that even freezing only one layer already significantly improves results.


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