Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

Speech Enhancement Using Karhunen-Loève Transformation and Wiener Filtering in Critical Bands

F. Zarubin, A. Kovtonyuk, K. Zadiraka

Enterprise Delta, Kiev, Ukraine

This paper deals with method of speech enhancement based on Karhunen-Loeve (K-L) and Wiener critical band spectral subtraction algorithm. The K-L algorithm is used twice to, first, track a spectral envelope of the contaminated signal and subtract sub-words - spectrally- homogeneous segments, and ,secondly, to construct an estimate of the spectral envelope of extracted sub-words using Wiener’s filter.

The paper is organized as follows: In section 2, we introduce the sub-word segmentation algorithm based on decomposition of covariance matrix in K-L transformation. Then in section 3, we describe our approach to speech parametr estimation in noise based on K-L transformation critical band optimal Wiener filter. In section 4, we compare our technique with the existing optimal K-L technique in adverse conditions, using both subjective and objective speech assessment measures. Result indicate that the proposed method provides better speech enhancement than the previous proposed algorithm.

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Bibliographic reference.  Zarubin, F. / Kovtonyuk, A. / Zadiraka, K. (1999): "Speech enhancement using karhunen-love transformation and wiener filtering in critical bands", In EUROSPEECH'99, 2647-2650.