Odyssey 2010: The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop

Brno, Czech Republic
28 June 1 July 2010

Computationally Efficient Speaker Identification for Large Population Tasks using MLLR and Sufficient Statistics

Achintya Kumar Sarkar, S. Umesh, Shakti Prasad Rath (1)

(1) Indian Institute of Technology Madras

In conventional Speaker-Identification using GMM-UBM framework, the likelihood of the given test utterance is computed with respect to all speaker-models before identifying the speaker, based on the maximum likelihood criterion. The calculation of likelihood score of the test utterance is computationally intensive, especially when there are tens of thousands of speakers in database. In this paper, we propose a computationally efficient (Fast) method to calculate the likelihood of the test utterance using speaker-specific Maximum Likelihood Linear Regression (MLLR) matrices (which are precomputed) and sufficient statistics estimated from the test utterance only once. We show that while this method is an order of magnitude faster, there is some degradation in performance. Therefore, we propose a cascaded system with the Fast MLLR system identifying the top-N most probable speakers, followed by a conventional GMM-UBM to identify the most probable speaker from the top-N speakers. Experiments performed on the NIST 2004 database indicate that the cascaded system provides a speed up of 3.16 and 6.08 times for 1-side test (core condition) and 10 sec. test condition respectively, with a marginal degradation in accuracy over the conventional GMM-UBM system.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sarkar, Achintya Kumar / Umesh, S / Rath, Shakti Prasad (2010): "Computationally Efficient Speaker Identification for Large Population Tasks using MLLR and Sufficient Statistics", In Odyssey-2010, paper 003.