Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

Speaker Verification with Growing Cell Structures

Bogdan Sabac, Inge Gavat

Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania

We present a new self-organizing neural network which performs unsupervised learning and can be used for vector quantization. The main advantage over existing approaches, e.g., the Kohonen feature map, is the ability of the model to automatically find a suitable network structure and size. This is achieved through a controlled growth process which also includes occasional removal of units. The algorithm is evaluated on a database that includes 25 speakers each of them recorded in 12 diffrent sesions. The overall performance was 99.5%. That is, in 99.5% of the trials, the right speaker was correctly accepted and the impostor speaker correctly rejected.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sabac, Bogdan / Gavat, Inge (1999): "Speaker verification with growing cell structures", In EUROSPEECH'99, 1011-1014.