Ninth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
September 17-21, 2006

Automatic English Stop Consonants Classification Using Wavelet Analysis and Hidden Markov Models

Marco Kühne, Roberto Togneri

University of Western Australia, Australia

This paper compares wavelet and STFT analysis for a speaker-independent stop classification task using the TIMIT database. In the designed experiment the HMM classifier had to assign each test token to one of the following stop classes [d,g,b,t,k,p,dx]. On 6332 stops the wavelet features obtained an overall accuracy of 86% which corresponds to a 14% relative error reduction compared to the STFT baseline system. Furthermore an analysis of the HMM misclassifications revealed that voiced stops were highly confused with their voiceless unaspirated counterparts.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kühne, Marco / Togneri, Roberto (2006): "Automatic English stop consonants classification using wavelet analysis and hidden Markov models", In INTERSPEECH-2006, paper 1174-Mon3CaP.1.