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An autocorrelation pitch detector and voicing decision with confidence measures developed for noise-corrupted speech

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2 Author(s)
Krubsack, D. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Marquette Univ., Milwaukee, WI, USA ; Niederjohn, Russell J.

The authors describe an integrated speech feature extraction method consisting of: (1) a pitch detector; (2) a voicing decision to correctly partition speech into voiced and unvoiced intervals; (3) a confidence measure which reflects the probabilistic accuracy of the voicing decision; (4) a confidence measure which reflects the expected deviation of the pitch estimate from the true pitch and the probabilistic accuracy of this deviation; and (5) smoothing techniques for the pitch detector, the voicing decision, and the two confidence measures. The focus of their research is on voiced and unvoiced speech corrupted by high levels of white noise. The voicing decision and the confidence measures are developed by observing the behavior of three features derived from the autocorrelation function and experimentally fitting curves to the data. This integrated set of algorithms is statistically analyzed for speech at seven signal-to-noise ratios

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Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:39 ,  Issue: 2 )