12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

Extending the Task of Diarization to Speaker Attribution

Houman Ghaemmaghami, David Dean, Robbie Vogt, Sridha Sridharan

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

In this paper we extend the concept of speaker annotation within a single-recording, or speaker diarization, to a collection wide approach we call speaker attribution. Accordingly, speaker attribution is the task of clustering expectantly homogenous intersession clusters obtained using diarization according to common crossrecording identities. The result of attribution is a collection of spoken audio across multiple recordings attributed to speaker identities. In this paper, an attribution system is proposed using meanonly MAP adaptation of a combined-gender UBM to model clusters from a perfect diarization system, as well as a JFA-based system with session variability compensation. The normalized crosslikelihood ratio is calculated for each pair of clusters to construct an attribution matrix and the complete linkage algorithm is employed to conduct clustering of the inter-session clusters. A matched cluster purity and coverage of 87.1% was obtained on the NIST 2008 SRE corpus.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ghaemmaghami, Houman / Dean, David / Vogt, Robbie / Sridharan, Sridha (2011): "Extending the task of diarization to speaker attribution", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 1049-1052.