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Due to the inconsistency between the maximum likelihood (ML) based training and the synthesis application in HMM-based speech synthesis, a minimum generation error (MGE) criterion had been proposed for HMM training. This paper continues to apply the MGE criterion to model adaptation for HMM-based speech synthesis. We propose a MGE linear regression (MGELR) based model adaptation algorithm, where the regression matrices used to transform source models to target models are optimized to minimize the generation errors for the input speech data uttered by the target speaker. The proposed MGELR approach was compared with the maximum likelihood linear regression (MLLR) based model adaptation. Experimental results indicate that the generation errors were reduced after the MGELR-based model adaptation. And from the subjective listening test, the discrimination and the quality of the synthesized speech using MGELR were better than the results using MLLR.
Date of Conference: March 31 2008-April 4 2008