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Subspace Modeling of Prosodic Features for Speaker Verification

Student:Kockmann Marcel, Dipl.-Ing.
Supervisor:Černocký Jan, doc. Dr. Ing.
Department:Department of Computer Graphics and Multimedia FIT BUT
 The thesis investigates into speaker verification by means of prosodic features. This includes an appropriate representation of speech by measurements of pitch, energy and duration of speech sounds. Two diverse parameterization methods are investigated: the first leads to a low-dimensional well-defined set, the second to a large-scale set of heterogeneous prosodic features. The first part of this work concentrates on the development of so called prosodic contour features. Different modeling techniques are developed and investigated, with a special focus on subspace modeling. The second part focuses on a novel subspace modeling technique for the heterogeneous large-scale prosodic features. The model is theoretically derived and experimentally evaluated on official NIST Speaker Recognition Evaluation tasks. Huge improvements over the current state-of-the-art in prosodic speaker verification were obtained. Eventually, a novel fusion method is presented to elegantly combine the two diverse prosodic systems. This technique can also be used to fuse the higher-level systems with a high-performing cepstral system, leading to further significant improvements.
ISO 690 Citation
KOCKMANN, Marcel. Subspace Modeling of Prosodic Features for Speaker Verification. Brno, 2012. Available from: PhD. Thesis. Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Information Technology. 2012-05-21. Supervisor Černocký Jan.
    author = {Marcel Kockmann},
    title = {Subspace Modeling of Prosodic Features for Speaker
    school = {Brno University of Technology,
		Faculty of Information Technology},
    year = {2012},
    location = {Brno, CZ},
    url = {}

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