Constrained cepstral speaker recognition using matched UBM and JFA training


M. H. Sanchez, L. Ferrer, E. Shriberg, and A. Stolcke, “Constrained cepstral speaker recognition using matched UBM and JFA training,” in Proc. Interspeech, 2011, pp. 737–740.


We study constrained speaker recognition systems, or systems that model standard cepstral features that fall within particular types of speech regions.  A question in modeling such systems is whether to constrain universal background model (UBM) training, joint factor analysis (JFA), or both.  We explore this question, as well as how to optimize UBM model size, using a corpus of Arabic male speakers.  Over a large set of phonetic and prosodic constraints, we find that the performance of a system using constrained JFA and UBM is on average 5.24% better than when using constraint-independent (all frames) JFA and UBM.  We find further improvement from optimizing UBM size based on the percentage of frames covered by the constraint.

Index Terms: Speaker Recognition, Cepstral Features, Constraints, Joint Factor Analysis

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