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Dataset Card for librispeech_asr

Dataset Summary

LibriSpeech is a corpus of approximately 1000 hours of 16kHz read English speech, prepared by Vassil Panayotov with the assistance of Daniel Povey. The data is derived from read audiobooks from the LibriVox project, and has been carefully segmented and aligned.

Supported Tasks and Leaderboards

  • automatic-speech-recognition, audio-speaker-identification: The dataset can be used to train a model for Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR). The model is presented with an audio file and asked to transcribe the audio file to written text. The most common evaluation metric is the word error rate (WER). The task has an active leaderboard which can be found at and ranks models based on their WER.


The audio is in English. There are two configurations: clean and other. The speakers in the corpus were ranked according to the WER of the transcripts of a model trained on a different dataset, and were divided roughly in the middle, with the lower-WER speakers designated as "clean" and the higher WER speakers designated as "other".

Dataset Structure

Data Instances

A typical data point comprises the path to the audio file, usually called file and its transcription, called text. Some additional information about the speaker and the passage which contains the transcription is provided.

{'chapter_id': 141231,
 'file': '/home/patrick/.cache/huggingface/datasets/downloads/extracted/b7ded9969e09942ab65313e691e6fc2e12066192ee8527e21d634aca128afbe2/dev_clean/1272/141231/1272-141231-0000.flac',
  'audio': {'path': '/home/patrick/.cache/huggingface/datasets/downloads/extracted/b7ded9969e09942ab65313e691e6fc2e12066192ee8527e21d634aca128afbe2/dev_clean/1272/141231/1272-141231-0000.flac',
  'array': array([-0.00048828, -0.00018311, -0.00137329, ...,  0.00079346,
          0.00091553,  0.00085449], dtype=float32),
  'sampling_rate': 16000},
 'id': '1272-141231-0000',
 'speaker_id': 1272,

Data Fields

  • file: A path to the downloaded audio file in .flac format.

  • audio: A dictionary containing the path to the downloaded audio file, the decoded audio array, and the sampling rate. Note that when accessing the audio column: dataset[0]["audio"] the audio file is automatically decoded and resampled to dataset.features["audio"].sampling_rate. Decoding and resampling of a large number of audio files might take a significant amount of time. Thus it is important to first query the sample index before the "audio" column, i.e. dataset[0]["audio"] should always be preferred over dataset["audio"][0].

  • text: the transcription of the audio file.

  • id: unique id of the data sample.

  • speaker_id: unique id of the speaker. The same speaker id can be found for multiple data samples.

  • chapter_id: id of the audiobook chapter which includes the transcription.

Data Splits

The size of the corpus makes it impractical, or at least inconvenient for some users, to distribute it as a single large archive. Thus the training portion of the corpus is split into three subsets, with approximate size 100, 360 and 500 hours respectively. A simple automatic procedure was used to select the audio in the first two sets to be, on average, of higher recording quality and with accents closer to US English. An acoustic model was trained on WSJ’s si-84 data subset and was used to recognize the audio in the corpus, using a bigram LM estimated on the text of the respective books. We computed the Word Error Rate (WER) of this automatic transcript relative to our reference transcripts obtained from the book texts. The speakers in the corpus were ranked according to the WER of the WSJ model’s transcripts, and were divided roughly in the middle, with the lower-WER speakers designated as "clean" and the higher-WER speakers designated as "other".

For "clean", the data is split into train, validation, and test set. The train set is further split into train.100 and train.360 respectively accounting for 100h and 360h of the training data. For "other", the data is split into train, validation, and test set. The train set contains approximately 500h of recorded speech.

Train.500 Train.360 Train.100 Valid Test
clean - 104014 28539 2703 2620
other 148688 - - 2864 2939

Dataset Creation

Curation Rationale

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Source Data

Initial Data Collection and Normalization

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Who are the source language producers?

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Annotation process

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Who are the annotators?

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Personal and Sensitive Information

The dataset consists of people who have donated their voice online. You agree to not attempt to determine the identity of speakers in this dataset.

Considerations for Using the Data

Social Impact of Dataset

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Discussion of Biases

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Other Known Limitations

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Additional Information

Dataset Curators

The dataset was initially created by Vassil Panayotov, Guoguo Chen, Daniel Povey, and Sanjeev Khudanpur.

Licensing Information

CC BY 4.0

Citation Information

  title={Librispeech: an ASR corpus based on public domain audio books},
  author={Panayotov, Vassil and Chen, Guoguo and Povey, Daniel and Khudanpur, Sanjeev},
  booktitle={Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2015 IEEE International Conference on},


Thanks to @patrickvonplaten for adding this dataset.

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