Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

Maximum Conditional Mutual Information Modeling for Speaker Verification

Mohamed Kamal Omar, Jiri Navrátil, Ganesh N. Ramaswamy

IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

This paper describes a novel approach for class-dependent modeling and its application to automatic text-independent speaker verification. This approach maximizes the conditional mutual information between the model scores and the class identity given some constraints on the scores. It is shown in the paper that maximizing the differential entropy of the scores generated by the classifier or the detector is an equivalent criterion. This approach allows emphasizing different features, in the feature vector used in the detection, for different target speakers. In this paper, we apply this approach to the NIST 2003 1-speaker verification task. Compared to the baseline system, around 10% relative improvement in the minimum detection cost function (DCF) is obtained.

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Bibliographic reference.  Omar, Mohamed Kamal / Navrátil, Jiri / Ramaswamy, Ganesh N. (2005): "Maximum conditional mutual information modeling for speaker verification", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 2169-2172.