ISCA Archive Interspeech 2015
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2015

Factor analysis for speaker segmentation and improved speaker diarization

Brecht Desplanques, Kris Demuynck, Jean-Pierre Martens

Speaker diarization includes two steps: speaker segmentation and speaker clustering. Speaker segmentation searches for speaker boundaries, whereas speaker clustering aims at grouping speech segments of the same speaker. In this work, the segmentation is improved by replacing the Bayesian Information Criterion (BIC) with a new iVector-based approach. Unlike BIC-based methods which trigger on any acoustic dissimilarities, the proposed method suppresses phonetic variations and accentuates speaker differences. More specifically our method generates boundaries based on the distance between two speaker factor vectors that are extracted on a frame-by-frame basis. The extraction relies on an eigenvoice matrix so that large differences between speaker factor vectors indicate a different speaker. A Mahalanobis-based distance measure, in which the covariance matrix compensates for the remaining and detrimental phonetic variability, is shown to generate accurate boundaries. The detected segments are clustered by a state-of-the-art iVector Probabilistic Linear Discriminant Analysis system. Experiments on the COST278 multilingual broadcast news database show relative reductions of 50% in boundary detection errors. The speaker error rate is reduced by 8% relative.

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2015-106

Cite as: Desplanques, B., Demuynck, K., Martens, J.-P. (2015) Factor analysis for speaker segmentation and improved speaker diarization. Proc. Interspeech 2015, 3081-3085, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2015-106

  author={Brecht Desplanques and Kris Demuynck and Jean-Pierre Martens},
  title={{Factor analysis for speaker segmentation and improved speaker diarization}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2015},