11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

A Comparative Study of Constrained and Unconstrained Approaches for Segmentation of Speech Signal

Venkatesh Keri, Kishore Prahallad

IIIT Hyderabad, India

In this work, we compare different approaches for speech segmentation, of which some are constrained and the remaining are unconstrained by phone transcript. A high accuracy speech segmentation can be obtained by approaches constrained by phone transcript such as HMM forced-alignment when {it exact phone transcript} is known. But such approaches have to adjust with {it canonical phone transcript}, as {it exact phone transcript} is tough to obtain. Our experiments on TIMIT corpus demonstrate that ANN and HMM phone-loop based unconstrained approaches, perform better than HMM forced-alignment based approach constrained by {it canonical phone transcript}. Finally a detailed error analysis of these approaches is reported.

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Bibliographic reference.  Keri, Venkatesh / Prahallad, Kishore (2010): "A comparative study of constrained and unconstrained approaches for segmentation of speech signal", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 2238-2241.