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Speech spectrogram based model adaptation for speaker identification

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3 Author(s)
Gurbuz, Sabri ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Clemson Univ., SC, USA ; Gowdy, J.N. ; Tufekci, Z.

Speech signal feature extraction is a challenging research area with great significance to the speaker identification and speech recognition communities. We propose a novel speech spectrogram based spectral modal adaptation algorithm. This system is based on dynamic thresholding of speech spectrograms for text-dependent speaker identification. For a given utterance from a target speaker we aim to find the target speaker among a number of speakers who exist in the system. Conceptually, this algorithm attempts to increase the spectral similarity for the target speaker while increasing the spectral dissimilarity for the non-target speaker who is a member of the enrolment set. Therefore, it removes aging and intersession-dependent spectral variation in the utterance while preserving the speaker inherent spectral features. The hidden Markov model (HMM) parameters representing each listed speaker in the system are adapted for each identification event. The results obtained using speech signals from both the Noisex database and from recordings in the laboratory environment seem promising and demonstrate the robustness of the algorithm for aging and session-dependent utterances. Additionally, we have evaluated the adapted and the non-adapted models with data recorded two months after the initial enrollment. The adaptation seems to improve the performance of the system for the aged data from 84% to 91%

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Southeastcon 2000. Proceedings of the IEEE

Date of Conference:

2000