The IBM Speaker Recognition System: Recent Advances and Error Analysis

Seyed Omid Sadjadi, Jason W. Pelecanos, Sriram Ganapathy

We present the recent advances along with an error analysis of the IBM speaker recognition system for conversational speech. Some of the key advancements that contribute to our system include: a nearest-neighbor discriminant analysis (NDA) approach (as opposed to LDA) for intersession variability compensation in the i-vector space, the application of speaker and channel-adapted features derived from an automatic speech recognition (ASR) system for speaker recognition, and the use of a DNN acoustic model with a very large number of output units (~10k senones) to compute the frame-level soft alignments required in the i-vector estimation process. We evaluate these techniques on the NIST 2010 SRE extended core conditions (C1–C9), as well as the 10sec–10sec condition. To our knowledge, results achieved by our system represent the best performances published to date on these conditions. For example, on the extended tel-tel condition (C5) the system achieves an EER of 0.59%. To garner further understanding of the remaining errors (on C5), we examine the recordings associated with the low scoring target trials, where various issues are identified for the problematic recordings/trials. Interestingly, it is observed that correcting the pathological recordings not only improves the scores for the target trials but also for the non-target trials.

DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2016-1159

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Sadjadi, S.O., Pelecanos, J.W., Ganapathy, S. (2016) The IBM Speaker Recognition System: Recent Advances and Error Analysis. Proc. Interspeech 2016, 3633-3637.

author={Seyed Omid Sadjadi and Jason W. Pelecanos and Sriram Ganapathy},
title={The IBM Speaker Recognition System: Recent Advances and Error Analysis},
booktitle={Interspeech 2016},