Odyssey 2010: The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop

Brno, Czech Republic
28 June 1 July 2010

Investigation of Speaker-Clustered UBMs based on Vocal Tract Lengths and MLLR matrices for Speaker Verification

Achintya Kumar Sarkar, S. Umesh (1)

(1) Indian Institute of Technology Madras

It is common to use a single speaker independent large Gaussian Mixture Model based Universal Background Model (GMM-UBM) as the alternative hypothesis for speaker verification tasks. The speaker models are themselves derived from the UBM using Maximum a Posteriori (MAP) adaptation technique. During verification, log likelihood ratio is calculated between the target model and the GMM-UBM to accept or reject the claimant. The use of a single UBM for different groups of population may not be appropriate especially when the impostors are close to the target speaker. In this paper, we investigate the use of Speaker Cluster-wise UBM (SC-UBM) for a group of target speakers based on two different similarity measures. In the first approach, speakers are grouped into different clusters depending on their Vocal Tract Lengths (VTLs). The group of speakers having same VTL parameter indicates similarity in vocal-tract geometry and constitutes a speaker-dependent characteristic. In the second approach, we use Maximum Likelihood Linear Regression (MLLR) matrices of target speakers to create MLLR super-vectors and use them to cluster speakers into different groups. The SC-UBMs are derived from GMM-UBM using MLLR adaptation using data from the corresponding group of target speakers. Finally, speaker dependent models are adapted from their respective SC-UBM using MAP. In the proposed method, log likelihood ratio is calculated between target model and its corresponding SC-UBM. We compare performance of the above method with the single UBM method for varying number of clusters. The experiments are performed on the NIST 2004 SRE core condition and we show that the proposed method with a slight increase in the number of UBMs always outperforms the conventional single GMM-UBM system.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sarkar, Achintya Kumar / Umesh, S (2010): "Investigation of Speaker-Clustered UBMs based on Vocal Tract Lengths and MLLR matrices for Speaker Verification", In Odyssey-2010, paper 013.