11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Topological Representation of Speech for Speaker Recognition

Gabriel H. Sierra (1), Jean-François Bonastre (2), Driss Matrouf (2), Jose R. Calvo (1)

(1) Advanced Technologies Application Center, Cuba
(2) LIA, France

During last decade, researchers in speaker recognition have been working over the same acoustic space, regardless of whether the data lie on a linear space or not. Our proposal is to take into account the inner geometric structure of the speech in order to obtain a new space with a better representation of the speech data. A topological approach based on manifolds obtained thanks to Laplacian and Isomap algorithms is proposed. In this first work, the proposal is evaluated in terms of dimension reduction of the supervector space, known to have a high redundancy. The experiments are done in the NIST-SRE framework. It appears that the proposed approach allows to reduce by a factor four the dimension of the supervector space without losses in terms of EER. This first result highlights the potential of topological approaches for speaker recognition.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sierra, Gabriel H. / Bonastre, Jean-François / Matrouf, Driss / Calvo, Jose R. (2010): "Topological representation of speech for speaker recognition", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 2134-2137.