11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Multi-Pitch Estimation by a Joint 2-D Representation of Pitch and Pitch Dynamics

Tianyu T. Wang, Thomas F. Quatieri

MIT Lincoln Laboratory, USA

Multi-pitch estimation of co-channel speech is especially challenging when the underlying pitch tracks are close in pitch value (e.g., when pitch tracks cross). Building on our previous work in [1], we demonstrate the utility of a two-dimensional (2-D) analysis method of speech for this problem by exploiting its joint representation of pitch and pitch-derivative information from distinct speakers. Specifically, we propose a novel multi-pitch estimation method consisting of 1) a data-driven classifier for pitch candidate selection, 2) local pitch and pitch-derivative estimation by k-means clustering, and 3) a Kalman filtering mechanism for pitch tracking and assignment. We evaluate our method on a database of all-voiced speech mixtures and illustrate its capability to estimate pitch tracks in cases where pitch tracks are separate and when they are close in pitch value (e.g., at crossings)

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Bibliographic reference.  Wang, Tianyu T. / Quatieri, Thomas F. (2010): "Multi-pitch estimation by a joint 2-d representation of pitch and pitch dynamics", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 645-648.