I tried an xlsr finetuning using CommonVoice Turkish data.
It get trained successfully and I can decode Turkish waves although the accuracy not so good.
The decoded Turkish strings are valid, without any non-Turkish characters.
Then, I fine-tuned xlsr again with our own Turkish data in the same way as described in a blog.
Although finetuning completed without errors and I can decode Turkish audios with that generated model, however, the decoded text is very strange. There are a lot of diacritic dots almost on all characters. In Turkish no diacritic dots are used, so the decoded text looks very weird and anormal (as the following text):
ė ̇ȯṅu̇ṅ ̇bu̇ ̇ṡë̇v̇ṁî̇rî̇â̇i̇ṅ ̇ȯṙṫȧḋȧn ̇k̇ȧl̇düṙü̇yi̇ṁḋėṙk̇ė ̇k̇ȧrȧḋȧ ̇k̇ȧl̇ḋü̇ṙmü̇ğ̇ ̇î̇l̇k̇yėṫtė ̇kȧl̇düṙṁü̇ğ̇ ̇i̇ṅṡȧṅ ̇
When I look at the loaded data which are saved as arrow files in the cache, they are also corrupted. (as seen below):
“her ne hikmetse tekrar canlÄ± yayÄ±n sesi aynÄ± ÅŸekilde devam ediyoristemiyorum tabii bÃ¶yle bir ÅŸey sÃ¶z konusu deÄŸil bÃ¶yle bir uygulama”. In addition, arrow files’ file encoding becomes ASCII. ( I was expecting them to be UTF-8)
Whereas my input metadata.csv is totally OK and encoded as UTF-8.
Thus, I’ve come up to the idea that the data gets corrupted while loading the dataset data.
So, it seem to me that load_dataset() function has problems with UTF-8 encoded data.
I m loading data as below
saibld_train = load_dataset(“audiofolder”, data_dir=train_data_path)
where train_data_path is a local folder in which a UTF-8 encoded metadata.csv and the audio files reside.
My question is:
What should I do to force load_data() function of datasets to be able to correctly load non ASCII, UTF-8 (Turkish characters) without getting corrupted?
Any help or recommendation is very much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
After a lot of debug and analysis, I found the root cause of the problem.
It happened to be the input metadata.csv file’s encoding problem.
It was not load_dataset()'s fault.
While I am generating csv, I convert all content into lowercase using Turkish locale.
Interestingly Turkish upper case I, which is İ, uppercase I with a dot on top of it, was causing the problem. While converting İ to i, it is adding a diacritic dot on the next character.
That was really very strange
Any ways, I think the problem will be solved after a new training from scratch.