12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

On Building and Evaluating a Broadcast-News Audio Segmentation System

Taras Butko, Climent Nadeu

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain

Audio segmentation is useful in diverse applications like audio indexing and retrieval, subtitling, monitoring of acoustic scenes, etc. Also, an initial audio segmentation stage may help to improve the robustness of speech technologies like automatic speech recognition and speaker diarization. In this paper, firstly, the Albayzin-2010 audio segmentation evaluation is reported, including some conclusions drawn from the analysis of the set of eight submitted systems and their results. Then an audio segmentation system build in agreement with those conclusions is described and tested. Finally, by using the gained experience, the initial design of both the acoustic classes and the detection scoring rules is refined aiming to obtain a more meaningful error rate measurement.

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Bibliographic reference.  Butko, Taras / Nadeu, Climent (2011): "On building and evaluating a broadcast-news audio segmentation system", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 1513-1516.