15th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

September 14-18, 2014

Constrained Speaker Linking

David A. van Leeuwen (1), Niko Brümmer (2)

(1) Netherlands Forensic Institute, The Netherlands
(2) AGNITiO, South Africa

In this paper we study speaker linking (a.k.a. partitioning) given constraints of the distribution of speaker identities over speech recordings. Specifically, we show that the intractable partitioning problem becomes tractable when the constraints pre-partition the data in smaller cliques with non-overlapping speakers. The surprisingly common case where speakers in telephone conversations are known, but the assignment of channels to identities is unspecified, is treated in a Bayesian way. We show that for the Dutch CGN database, where this channel assignment task is at hand, a lightweight speaker recognition system can quite effectively solve the channel assignment problem, with 93% of the cliques solved. We further show that the posterior distribution over channel assignment configurations is well calibrated.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Leeuwen, David A. van / Brümmer, Niko (2014): "Constrained speaker linking", In INTERSPEECH-2014, 373-377.