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Multi-speaker frequency warping vocal tract length normalization for speaker independent speech recognition

Wong, Jensen Jing Lung (2014) Multi-speaker frequency warping vocal tract length normalization for speaker independent speech recognition. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Computing.


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One of the important issues in speaker independent speech recognition system is to compensate speaker variability. Speaker variability is usually related to the physical difference in vocal tract length. Compensation on vocal tract length variation can be made using Vocal Tract Length Normalization (VTLN) method which is known to be able to normalize speech utterances via specific speaker frequency warping. However, this approach leads to repetition process in finding optimal value for warping per speakers, which increase computational cost. This work proposed an alternative approach in finding optimal warping factor in VTLN via multi-speaker frequency warping in which only one optimum warping factor value is used for all speakers. The proposed multi-speaker frequency warping VTLN is experimented using different experimental setup on language model, phoneme categorization and warping values through trial and error method. The data used in this work is large vocabulary TIMIT dataset and Hidden Markov Model Toolkit (HTK) is used for classification purpose. The obtained results show that the proposed approach has achieved improvement of up to 1.0% higher phoneme accuracy rate compared to the baseline result. The proposed approach performance is at par with speaker-specific warping approach but with added advantage of lesser computational cost.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:Thesis (Sarjana Sains (Sains Komputer)) - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2014
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
ID Code:48537
Deposited By: Haliza Zainal
Deposited On:15 Oct 2015 09:09
Last Modified:14 Aug 2017 08:22

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