Why Did the x-Vector System Miss a Target Speaker? Impact of Acoustic Mismatch Upon Target Score on VoxCeleb Data

Rosa González Hautamäki, Tomi Kinnunen


Modern automatic speaker verification (ASV) relies heavily on machine learning implemented through deep neural networks. It can be difficult to interpret the output of these black boxes. In line with interpretative machine learning, we model the dependency of ASV detection score upon acoustic mismatch of the enrollment and test utterances. We aim to identify mismatch factors that explain target speaker misses (false rejections). We use distance in the first- and second-order statistics of selected acoustic features as the predictors in a linear mixed effects model, while a standard Kaldi x-vector system forms our ASV black-box. Our results on the VoxCeleb data reveal the most prominent mismatch factor to be in F0 mean, followed by mismatches associated with formant frequencies. Our findings indicate that x-vector systems lack robustness to intra-speaker variations.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2715

Cite as: Hautamäki, R.G., Kinnunen, T. (2020) Why Did the x-Vector System Miss a Target Speaker? Impact of Acoustic Mismatch Upon Target Score on VoxCeleb Data. Proc. Interspeech 2020, 4313-4317, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2715.


@inproceedings{Hautamäki2020,
  author={Rosa González Hautamäki and Tomi Kinnunen},
  title={{Why Did the x-Vector System Miss a Target Speaker? Impact of Acoustic Mismatch Upon Target Score on VoxCeleb Data}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2020},
  pages={4313--4317},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2715},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2715}
}