Ninth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
September 17-21, 2006

Discriminative Adaptation for Speaker Verification

C. Longworth, M. J. F. Gales

University of Cambridge, UK

Speaker verification is a binary classification task to determine whether a claimed speaker uttered a phrase. Current approaches to speaker verification tasks typically involve adapting a general speaker Universal Background Model (UBM), normally a Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM), to model a particular speaker. Verification is then performed by comparing the likelihoods from the speaker model to the UBM. Maximum A-Posteriori (MAP) is commonly used to adapt the UBM to a particular speaker. However speaker verification is a classification task. Thus, robust discriminative-based adaptation schemes should yield gains over the standard MAP approach. This paper describes and evaluates two discriminative approaches to speaker verification. The first is a discriminative version of MAP based on Maximum Mutual Information (MMI-MAP). The second is to use an augmented-GMM (A-GMM) as the speaker-specific model. The additional, augmented, parameters are discriminatively, and robustly, trained using a maximum margin estimation approach. The performance of these models is evaluated on the NIST 2002 SRE dataset. Though no gains were obtained using MMI-MAP, the A-GMM system gave an Equal Error Rate (EER) of 7.31%, a 30% relative reduction in EER compared to the best performing GMM system.

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Bibliographic reference.  Longworth, C. / Gales, M. J. F. (2006): "Discriminative adaptation for speaker verification", In INTERSPEECH-2006, paper 1553-Wed1A1O.4.