Fourth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Madrid, Spain
September 18-21, 1995

Experiments with Speaker Verification over the Telephone

Jean-Luc Gauvain, Lori Lamel, B. Prouts

LIMSI - CNRS, Orsay, France

In this paper we present a study on speaker verification showing achievable performance levels for both high quality speech and telephone speech and for two operational modes, i.e. text-dependent and text-independent speaker verification. A statistical modeling approach is taken, where for text independent verification the talker is viewed as a source of phones, modeled by a fully connected Markov chain, where the lexical and syntactic structures of the language are approximated by local phonotactic constraints. A first series of experiments were carried out on high quality speech from the BREF corpus to validate this approach and resulted in an a posteriori equal error rate of 0.3% in text-dependent as well as in text-independent mode. A second series of experiments were carried out on a telephone corpus recorded specifically for speaker verification algorithm development. On this data, the lowest equal error rate is 2.9% for the text-dependent mode when 2 trials are allowed per attempt and with a minimum of 2s of speech per trial.

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Bibliographic reference.  Gauvain, Jean-Luc / Lamel, Lori / Prouts, B. (1995): "Experiments with speaker verification over the telephone", In EUROSPEECH-1995, 651-654.