Maximum likelihood and maximum a posteriori adaptation for distributed speaker recognition systems

Chin Hung Sit, Man Wai Mak, Sun Yuan Kung

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We apply the ETSI's DSR standard to speaker verification over telephone networks and investigate the effect of extracting spectral features from different stages of the ETSI's front-end on speaker verification performance. We also evaluate two approaches to creating speaker models, namely maximum likelihood (ML) and maximum a posteriori (MAP), in the context of distributed speaker verification. In the former, random vectors with variances depending on the distance between unquantized training vectors and their closest code vector are added to the vector-quantized feature vectors extracted from client speech. The resulting vectors are then used for creating speaker-dependent GMMs based on ML techniques. For the latter, vector quantized vectors extracted from client speech are used for adapting a universal background model to speaker-dependent GMMs. Experimental results based on 145 speakers from the SPIDRE corpus show that quantized feature vectors extracted from the server side can be directly used for MAP adaptation. Results also show that the best performing system is based on the ML approach. However, the ML approach is sensitive to the number of input dimensions of the training data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)640-647
Number of pages8
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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