We address the problem of using unstructured queries to search a structured database in voice search applications. By incorporating structural information in music metadata, the end-to-end search error has been reduced by 15% on text queries and up to 11% on spoken queries. Based on that, an HMM sequential rescoring model has reduced the error rate by 28% on text queries and up to 23% on spoken queries compared to the baseline system. Furthermore, a phonetic similarity model has been introduced to compensate speech recognition errors, which has improved the end-to-end search accuracy consistently across different levels of speech recognition accuracy.
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