Non-Iterative Parameter Estimation for Total Variability Model Using Randomized Singular Value Decomposition

Ruchir Travadi, Shrikanth S. Narayanan


In this paper, we address the problem of parameter estimation for the Total Variability Model (TVM) [1]. Typically, the estimation of the Total Variability Matrix requires several iterations of the Expectation Maximization (EM) algorithm [2], and can be considerably demanding computationally. As a result, fast and efficient parameter estimation remains a key challenge facing the model. We show that it is possible to reduce the Maximum Likelihood parameter estimation problem for TVM into a Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) problem by making some suitably justified approximations in the likelihood function. By using randomized algorithms for efficient computation of the SVD, it becomes possible to accelerate the parameter estimation task remarkably. In addition, we show that this method is able to increase the efficiency of the ivector extraction procedure, and also lends some interpretability to the extracted ivectors.


DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2016-293

Cite as

Travadi, R., Narayanan, S.S. (2016) Non-Iterative Parameter Estimation for Total Variability Model Using Randomized Singular Value Decomposition. Proc. Interspeech 2016, 3221-3225.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Travadi+2016,
author={Ruchir Travadi and Shrikanth S. Narayanan},
title={Non-Iterative Parameter Estimation for Total Variability Model Using Randomized Singular Value Decomposition},
year=2016,
booktitle={Interspeech 2016},
doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2016-293},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2016-293},
pages={3221--3225}
}