ODYSSEY 2004 - The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop

May 31 - June 3, 2004
Toledo, Spain

Unsupervised Online Adaptation for Speaker Verification over the Telephone

Claude Barras, Sylvain Meignier, Jean-Luc Gauvain

Spoken Language Processing Group, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France

This paper presents experiments of unsupervised adaptation for a speaker detection system. The system used is a standard speaker verification system based on cepstral features and Gaussian mixture models. Experiments were performed on cellular speech data taken from the NIST 2002 speaker detection evaluation. There was a total of about 30.000 trials involving 330 target speakers and more than 90% of impostor trials. Unsupervised adaptation significantly increases the system accuracy, with a reduction of the minimal detection cost function (DCF) from 0.33 for the baseline system to 0.25 with unsupervised online adaptation. Two incremental adaptation modes were tested, either by using a fixed decision threshold for adaptation, or by using the a posteriori probability of the true target for weighting the adaptation. Both methods provide similar results in the best configurations, but the latter is less sensitive to the actual threshold value.

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Bibliographic reference.  Barras, Claude / Meignier, Sylvain / Gauvain, Jean-Luc (2004): "Unsupervised online adaptation for speaker verification over the telephone", In ODYS-2004, 157-160.