Fourth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Madrid, Spain
September 18-21, 1995

A Voiced/Unvoiced Speech Discrimination Technique Based on Fuzzy Logic

Francesco Beritelli, Salvatore Casale, Marco Russo

Istituto di Informatica e Telecomunicazioni - University of Catania, Catania, Italy

A new criterion for speech frame classification based on Fuzzy Logic is presented. An algorithm which correctly discriminates between sounds allows a better trade-off between quality and bit rate in the recent generation of vocoders. Extracting from speech waveforms a set of significant parameters for voiced/unvoiced classification, we trained a Fuzzy Voicing Detector (FVD) system, obtaining a fuzzy knowledge base of only 5 rules. The new voicing system has certain advantages over the main Voicing Determination Algorithms (VDAs). With a notoriously low level of complexity, on account of its fuzzy nature, the FVD is extremely robust and maintains good performance even in the presence of background noise.

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Bibliographic reference.  Beritelli, Francesco / Casale, Salvatore / Russo, Marco (1995): "A voiced/unvoiced speech discrimination technique based on fuzzy logic", In EUROSPEECH-1995, 389-392.