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Feature Warping for Robust Speaker Verification

  • Pelecanos, Jason
  • Sridharan, Sridha
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2001
Queensland University of Technology ePrints Archive
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We propose a novel feature mapping approach that is robust to channel mismatch, additive noise and to some extent, non-linear effects attributed to handset transducers. These adverse effects can distort the short-term distribution of the speech features. Some methods have addressed this issue by conditioning the variance of the distribution, but not to the extent of conforming the speech statistics to a target distribution. The proposed target mapping method warps the distribution of a cepstral feature stream to a standardised distribution over a specified time interval. We evaluate a number of the enhancement methods for speaker verification, and compare them against a Gaussian target mapping implementation. Results indicate improvements of the warping technique over a number of methods such as Cepstral Mean Subtraction (CMS), modulation spectrum processing, and short-term windowed CMS and variance normalisation.

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