15th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

September 14-18, 2014

Intrinsic Spectral Analysis Based on Temporal Context Features for Query-by-Example Spoken Term Detection

Peng Yang (1), Cheung-Chi Leung (2), Lei Xie (1), Bin Ma (2), Haizhou Li (2)

(1) Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
(2) A*STAR, Singapore

We investigate the use of intrinsic spectral analysis (ISA) for query-by-example spoken term detection (QbE-STD). In the task, spoken queries and test utterances in an audio archive are converted to ISA features, and dynamic time warping is applied to match the feature sequence in each query with those in test utterances. Motivated by manifold learning, ISA has been proposed to recover from untranscribed utterances a set of nonlinear basis functions for the speech manifold, and shown with improved phonetic separability and inherent speaker independence. Due to the coarticulation phenomenon in speech, we propose to use temporal context information to obtain the ISA features. Gaussian posteriorgram, as an efficient acoustic representation usually used in QbE-STD, is considered a baseline feature. Experimental results on the TIMIT speech corpus show that the ISA features can provide a relative 13.5% improvement in mean average precision over the baseline features, when the temporal context information is used.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Yang, Peng / Leung, Cheung-Chi / Xie, Lei / Ma, Bin / Li, Haizhou (2014): "Intrinsic spectral analysis based on temporal context features for query-by-example spoken term detection", In INTERSPEECH-2014, 1722-1726.