Checkpoints

There are two main ways to load pretrained checkpoints in NeMo:

  • Using the restore_from() method to load a local checkpoint file (.nemo), or

  • Using the from_pretrained() method to download and set up a checkpoint from NGC.

See the following sections for instructions and examples for each.

Note that these instructions are for loading fully trained checkpoints for evaluation or fine-tuning. For resuming an unfinished training experiment, please use the experiment manager to do so by setting the resume_if_exists flag to True.

Loading Local Checkpoints

NeMo will automatically save checkpoints of a model you are training in a .nemo format. You can also manually save your models at any point using model.save_to(<checkpoint_path>.nemo).

If you have a local .nemo checkpoint that you’d like to load, simply use the restore_from() method:

import nemo.collections.asr as nemo_asr
model = nemo_asr.models.<MODEL_BASE_CLASS>.restore_from(restore_path="<path/to/checkpoint/file.nemo>")

Where the model base class is the ASR model class of the original checkpoint, or the general ASRModel class.

Transcribing/Inference

The audio files should be 16KHz monochannel wav files.

Transcribe speech command segment:

You may perform inference and transcribe a sample of speech after loading the model by using its ‘transcribe()’ method:

mbn_model = nemo_asr.models.EncDecClassificationModel.from_pretrained(model_name="<MODEL_NAME>")
mbn_model.transcribe([list of audio files],  batch_size=BATCH_SIZE, logprobs=False)

Setting argument logprobs to True would return the log probabilities instead of transcriptions. You may find more details in Modules.

Learn how to fine tune on your own data or on subset classes in <NeMo_git_root>/tutorials/asr/Speech_Commands.ipynb

Run VAD inference:

python examples/asr/vad_infer.py  --vad_model="vad_marblenet" --dataset=<FULL PATH OF MANIFEST TO BE PERFORMED INFERENCE ON> --out_dir='frame/demo' --time_length=0.63

Have a look at scripts under <NeMo-git-root>/scripts/voice_activity_detection for posterior processing, postprocessing and threshold tuning.

Posterior processing includes generating predictions with overlapping input segments. Then a smoothing filter is applied to decide the label for a frame spanned by multiple segments.

For VAD postprocessing we introduce

Binarization:
  • onset and offset threshold for detecting the beginning and end of a speech.

  • padding durations pad_onset before and padding duarations pad_offset after each speech segment;

Filtering:
  • min_duration_on threshold for short speech segment deletion,

  • min_duration_on threshold for small silence deletion,

  • filter_speech_first to control whether to perform short speech segment deletion first.

NGC Pretrained Checkpoints

The Speech Classification collection has checkpoints of several models trained on various datasets for a variety of tasks. These checkpoints are obtainable via NGC NeMo Automatic Speech Recognition collection. The model cards on NGC contain more information about each of the checkpoints available.

The tables below list the Speech Classification models available from NGC, and the models can be accessed via the from_pretrained() method inside the ASR Model class.

In general, you can load any of these models with code in the following format.

import nemo.collections.asr as nemo_asr
model = nemo_asr.models.EncDecClassificationModel.from_pretrained(model_name="<MODEL_NAME>")

Where the model name is the value under “Model Name” entry in the tables below.

For example, to load the MatchboxNet3x2x64_v1 model for speech command detection, run:

model = nemo_asr.models.EncDecClassificationModel.from_pretrained(model_name="commandrecognition_en_matchboxnet3x2x64_v1")

You can also call from_pretrained() from the specific model class (such as EncDecClassificationModel for MatchboxNet and MarbleNet) if you will need to access specific model functionality.

If you would like to programatically list the models available for a particular base class, you can use the list_available_models() method.

nemo_asr.models.<MODEL_BASE_CLASS>.list_available_models()

Speech Classification Models

Model Name

Model Base Class

Model Card

vad_marblenet

EncDecClassificationModel

https://ngc.nvidia.com/catalog/models/nvidia:nemo:vad_marblenet

vad_telephony_marblenet

EncDecClassificationModel

https://ngc.nvidia.com/catalog/models/nvidia:nemo:vad_telephony_marblenet

commandrecognition_en_matchboxnet3x1x64_v1

EncDecClassificationModel

https://ngc.nvidia.com/catalog/models/nvidia:nemo:commandrecognition_en_matchboxnet3x1x64_v1

commandrecognition_en_matchboxnet3x2x64_v1

EncDecClassificationModel

https://ngc.nvidia.com/catalog/models/nvidia:nemo:commandrecognition_en_matchboxnet3x2x64_v1

commandrecognition_en_matchboxnet3x1x64_v2

EncDecClassificationModel

https://ngc.nvidia.com/catalog/models/nvidia:nemo:commandrecognition_en_matchboxnet3x1x64_v2

commandrecognition_en_matchboxnet3x2x64_v2

EncDecClassificationModel

https://ngc.nvidia.com/catalog/models/nvidia:nemo:commandrecognition_en_matchboxnet3x2x64_v2

commandrecognition_en_matchboxnet3x1x64_v2_subset_task

EncDecClassificationModel

https://ngc.nvidia.com/catalog/models/nvidia:nemo:commandrecognition_en_matchboxnet3x1x64_v2_subset_task

commandrecognition_en_matchboxnet3x2x64_v2_subset_task

EncDecClassificationModel

https://ngc.nvidia.com/catalog/models/nvidia:nemo:commandrecognition_en_matchboxnet3x2x64_v2_subset_task