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We present our study of audio content analysis for classification and segmentation, in which an audio stream is segmented according to audio type or speaker identity. We propose a robust approach that is capable of classifying and segmenting an audio stream into speech, music, environment sound, and silence. Audio classification is processed in two steps, which makes it suitable for different applications. The first step of the classification is speech and nonspeech discrimination. In this step, a novel algorithm based on K-nearest-neighbor (KNN) and linear spectral pairs-vector quantization (LSP-VQ) is developed. The second step further divides nonspeech class into music, environment sounds, and silence with a rule-based classification scheme. A set of new features such as the noise frame ratio and band periodicity are introduced and discussed in detail. We also develop an unsupervised speaker segmentation algorithm using a novel scheme based on quasi-GMM and LSP correlation analysis. Without a priori knowledge, this algorithm can support the open-set speaker, online speaker modeling and real time segmentation. Experimental results indicate that the proposed algorithms can produce very satisfactory results.
Date of Publication: Oct 2002