Second European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Genova, Italy
September 24-26, 1991


Pitch Estimation Based on a "Narrowed" Autocorrelation Function

N. Dal Degan, M. Fratti

CEFRIEL - Telettra S. p. A

This paper presents experiments and results relative to a pitch determination of speech signals based on the "Narrowed" Autocorrelation Function (NACF), recently introduced by Brown and Puckette [1], It is shown that a reliable pitch estimation can be obtained even in a very noisy environment. An advantage of the NACF is that no preprocessing is needed before performing the pitch detection task. Also, a simple post-processing technique is sufficient to recover from the rare, isolated gross pitch errors that may occur. Finally, the paper proposes a short-cut in the computation of the NACF and it is shown that the number of multiplications can be drastically reduced. Keywords: Pitch, Narrowed autocorrelation

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Bibliographic reference.  Degan, N. Dal / Fratti, M. (1991): "Pitch estimation based on a "narrowed" autocorrelation function", In EUROSPEECH-1991, 457-460.