12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

A Robust Estimation Method of Noise Mixture Model for Noise Suppression

Masakiyo Fujimoto, Shinji Watanabe, Tomohiro Nakatani

NTT Corporation, Japan

Vector Taylor series (VTS)-based noise suppression usually employs a single Gaussian distribution for the noise model. However, it is insufficient for non-stationary noise which has a multi-peak distribution. It is very complex to estimate multi-peak distribution of the noise, when we deal with the noise as random variables or hidden variables. To solve these problems, we investigate a way of estimating the noise mixture model by using a minimum mean squared error (MMSE) estimate of the noise. By iterating the MMSE estimation of noise and noise model estimation, the proposed method realizes the simultaneous optimization of both the observed signal model and the noise model. The proposed method significantly outperformed the VTS-based approach, and the maximum improvement in the word error rate was about 12%.

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Bibliographic reference.  Fujimoto, Masakiyo / Watanabe, Shinji / Nakatani, Tomohiro (2011): "A robust estimation method of noise mixture model for noise suppression", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 697-700.