A Gaussian or log-linear mixture model trained by maximum likelihood may be trained further using discriminative training. It is desirable that the mixture splitting is also done during the discriminative training, to achieve better mixture density distribution. In previous work such a discriminative splitting approach was presented. Similarly, the resolution of a deep neural network may also be increased by splitting.

In this paper, discriminative splitting is applied as a way of initializing a linear bottleneck between two layers of a DNN. Experiments for a single hidden layer and six hidden layer cases show the potential of this approach as an alternative method of pre-training for linear bottlenecks for MLP hidden layers.