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All-neural, end-to-end ASR systems gained rapid interest from the speech recognition community. Such systems convert speech input to text units using a single trainable neural network model. E2E models require large amounts of paired speech text data that is expensive to obtain. The amount of data available varies across different languages and dialects. It is critical to make use of all these data so that both low resource languages and high resource languages can be improved. When we want to deploy an ASR system for a new application domain, the amount of domain specific training data is very limited. To be able to leverage data from existing domains is important for ASR accuracy in the new domain. In this paper, we treat all these aspects as categorical information in an ASR system, and propose a simple yet effective way to integrate categorical features into E2E model. We perform detailed analysis on various training strategies, and find that building a joint model that includes categorical features can be more accurate than multiple independently trained models.

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