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This letter presents a new segmental nonlinear feature normalization algorithm to improve the robustness of speech recognition systems against variations of the acoustic environment. An experimental study of the best delay-performance tradeoff is conducted within the AURORA-2 framework, and a comparison with two commonly used normalization algorithms is presented. Computationally efficient algorithms based on order statistics are also presented. One of them is based on linear interpolation between sampling quantiles, and the other one is based on a point estimation of the probability distribution. The reduction in the computational cost does not degrade the performance significantly.