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Informed Single-Channel Speech Separation Using HMM-GMM User-Generated Exemplar Source

Lookup NU author(s): Qi Wang, Dr Wai Lok Woo, Emeritus Professor Satnam Dlay


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We present a new approach for solving the single channel speech separation with the aid of an user-generated exemplar source that is recorded from a microphone. Our method deviates from the conventional model-based methods, which highly rely on speaker dependent training data. We readdress the problem by offering a new approach based on utterance dependent patterns extracted from the user-generated exemplar source. Our proposed approach is less restrictive, and does not require speaker dependent information and yet exceeds the performance of conventional model-based separation methods in separating male and male speech mixtures. We combine general speaker-independent (SI) features with specifically generated utterance-dependent (UD) features in a joint probability model. The UD features are initially extracted from the user-generated exemplar source and represented as statistical estimates. These estimates are calibrated based on information extracted from the mixture source to statistically represent the target source. The UD probability model is subsequently generated to target problems of ambiguity and to offer better cues for separation. The proposed algorithm is tested and compared with recent method using the GRID database and the Mocha-TIMIT database.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wang Q, Woo WL, Dlay SS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: IEEE - ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing

Year: 2014

Volume: 22

Issue: 12

Pages: 2087-2100

Print publication date: 01/12/2014

ISSN (print): 2329-9290

ISSN (electronic): 2329-9304

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/TASLP.2014.2357677


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