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SpecAugment: A Simple Augmentation Method for Automatic Speech Recognition

Abstract

We present SpecAugment, a simple data augmentation method for speech recognition. SpecAugment is applied directly to the feature inputs of a neural network (i.e., filterbanks). The augmentation policy consists of warping the features, masking blocks of frequencies, and masking blocks of time steps. We apply SpecAugment on Listen, Attend and Spell networks for end-to-end speech recognition tasks. We achieve state-of-the-art performance on the Librispeech 960h and Swichboard 300h tasks, outperforming all prior work. On LibriSpeech, we achieve 6.8% WER on test-other without the use of a language model, and 5.8% WER with language model rescoring. This compares to the previous state-of-the-art hybrid system of 7.5% WER. For Switchboard, we achieve 7.2%/15.4% on the Switchboard/CallHome portion of the Hub5'00 test set without the use of a language model, which compares to the previous state-of-the-art hybrid system at 8.3%/17.3% WER.