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Large-Scale Speaker Diarization for Long Recordings and Small Collections

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2 Author(s)
Huijbregts, M. ; Centre for Language & Speech Technol., Radboud Univ. Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands ; van Leeuwen, D.A.

Performing speaker diarization of very long recordings is a problem for most diarization systems that are based on agglomerative clustering with an hidden Markov model (HMM) topology. Performing collection-wide speaker diarization, where each speaker is identified uniquely across the entire collection, is even a more challenging task. In this paper we propose a method with which it is possible to efficiently perform diarization of long recordings. We have also applied this method successfully to a collection of a total duration of approximately 15 hours. The method consists of first segmenting long recordings into smaller chunks on which diarization is performed. Next, a speaker detection system is used to link the speech clusters from each chunk and to assign a unique label to each speaker in the long recording or in the small collection. We show for three different audio collections that it is possible to perform high-quality diarization with this approach. The long meetings from the ICSI corpus are processed 5.5 times faster than the originally needed time and by uniquely labeling each speaker across the entire collection it becomes possible to perform speaker-based information retrieval with high accuracy (mean average precision of 0.57).

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Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 2 )
Biometrics Compendium, IEEE