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HMM-based speech synthesis system (HTS) often generates buzzy and muffled speech. Such degradation of voice quality makes synthetic speech sound robotically rather than naturally. From this point, we suppose that synthetic speech is in a different speaker space apart from the original. We propose to use voice conversion method to transform synthetic speech(More)
Statistical model based voice activity detection (VAD) is commonly used in various speech related research and applications. In this paper, we try to improve the performance of statistical model based VAD via new feature extraction method. Our main innovation focuses on that we apply Mel-frequency subband coefficients with power-law nonlinearity as feature(More)
A reliable online speaking rate estimation tool is useful in many domains, including speech recognition, speech therapy intervention, speaker identification, etc. This paper proposes an online speaking rate estimation model based on recurrent neural networks (RNNs). Speaking rate is a long-term feature of speech, which depends on how many syllables were(More)
Speaking rate estimation directly from the speech waveform is a long-standing problem in speech signal processing. In this paper, we pose the speaking rate estimation problem as that of estimating a temporal density function whose integral over a given interval yields the speaking rate within that interval. In contrast to many existing methods, we avoid the(More)
Automatic identification of foreign accents is valuable for many speech systems, such as speech recognition, speaker identification, voice conversion, etc. The INTERSPEECH 2016 Native Language Sub-Challenge is to identify the native languages of non-native English speakers from eleven countries. Since differences in accent are due to both prosodic and(More)
The large number of parameters in deep neural networks (DNNs) often makes them prohibitive for low-power devices, such as field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA). In this paper, we propose a method to determine the relative importance of all network parameters by measuring the amount of information that the network output carries about each of the parameters(More)
State-of-the-art automatic speech recognition (ASR) engines perform well on healthy speech; however recent studies show that their performance on dysarthric speech is highly variable. This is because of the acoustic variability associated with the different dysarthria subtypes. This paper aims to develop a better understanding of how perceptual disturbances(More)