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We present a method to boost the performance of probabilistic generative models that work with i-vector representations. The proposed approach deals with the non-Gaussian behavior of i-vectors by performing a simple length normalization. This non-linear transformation allows the use of probabilistic models with Gaussian assumptions that yield equivalent(More)
In this paper we present a study on the automatic identification of acquisition devices when only access to the output speech recordings is possible. A statistical characterization of the frequency response of the device contextualized by the speech content is proposed. In particular, the intrinsic characteristics of the device are captured by a template,(More)
Many different studies have claimed that articulatory information can be used to improve the performance of automatic speech recognition systems. Unfortunately, such articulatory information is not readily available in typical speaker-listener situations. Consequently, such information has to be estimated from the acoustic signal in a process which is(More)
Recent advances in physiological data collection methods have made it possible to test the accuracy of predictions against speaker-specific vocal tracts and acoustic patterns. Vocal tract dimensions for /r/ derived via magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) for two speakers of American English [Alwan, Narayanan, and Haker, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 101, 1078-1089(More)
We propose a method that combines acoustic-phonetic knowledge with support vector machines for segmentation of continuous speech into five classes-vowel, sonorant consonant, fricative, stop and silence. We show that by using a probabilistic phonetic feature hierarchy, only four classifiers are required to recognize the five classes. Due to the probabilistic(More)
We present a multicondition training strategy for Gaussian Probabilistic Linear Discriminant Analysis (PLDA) modeling of i-vector representations of speech utterances. The proposed approach uses a multicondition set to train a collection of individual subsystems that are tuned to specific conditions. A final verification score is obtained by combining the(More)
complementary to each other, LFCC consistently outperforms MFCC, mainly due to its better performance in the female trials. This can be explained by the relatively shorter vocal tract in females and the resulting higher formant frequencies in speech. LFCC benefits more in female speech by better capturing the spectral characteristics in the high frequency(More)
In this paper we present a technique for obtaining Vocal Tract (VT) time functions from the acoustic speech signal. Knowledge-based Acoustic Parameters (APs) are extracted from the speech signal and a pertinent subset is used to obtain the mapping between them and the VT time functions. Eight different vocal tract constriction variables consisting of five(More)
The aim of this work was to propose Acoustic Parameters (APs) for the automatic detection of vowel nasalization based on prior knowledge of the acoustics of nasalized vowels. Nine automatically extractable APs were proposed to capture the most important acoustic correlates of vowel nasalization (extra pole-zero pairs, F1 amplitude reduction, F1 bandwidth(More)
The American English phoneme /./ has long been associated with large amounts of articulatory variability during production. This paper investigates the hypothesis that the articulatory variations used by a speaker to produce /./ in different contexts exhibit systematic tradeoffs, or articulatory trading relations, that act to maintain a relatively stable(More)