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We propose an algorithm for the estimation of reverberation time (RT) from the reverberant speech signal by using a maximum likelihood (ML) estimator. Based on the analysis of an existing RT estimation method, which models the reverberation decay as a Gaussian random process modulated by a deterministic envelope, a Laplacian distribution based decay model is proposed in which an efficient procedure for locating free decay from reverberant speech is also incorporated. Then the RT is estimated from the free decays by the ML estimator. The method was motivated by our observation that the distribution pattern for temporal decay of the reverberant hand clap is much closer to the Laplace distribution. The estimation accuracy of the proposed method is evaluated using the experimental results and is in good agreement with the RT values measured from room impulse responses.
Date of Conference: 27-31 Aug. 2012