5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

An Effective Quality Evaluation Protocol For Speech Enhancement Algorithms

John H. L. Hansen, Bryan L. Pellom

Robust Speech Processing Lab; Duke Univ., USA

Much progress has been made in speech enhancement algorithm formulation in recent years. However, while researchers in the speech coding and recognition communities have standard criteria for algorithm performance comparison, similar standards do not exist for researchers in speech enhancement. This paper discusses the necessary ingredients for an effective speech enhancement evaluation. We propose that researchers use the evaluation core test set of TIMIT (192 sentences), with a set of noise files, and a combination of objective measures and subjective testing for broad and fine phone-level quality assessment. Evaluation results include overall objective speech quality measure scores, measure histograms, and phoneme class and individual phone scores. The reported results are meant to illustrate specific ways of detailing quality assessment for an enhancement algorithm.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hansen, John H. L. / Pellom, Bryan L. (1998): "An effective quality evaluation protocol for speech enhancement algorithms", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0917.