5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Restoration of Pitch Pattern of Speech based on a Pitch Generation Model

Hiroshi Shimodaira, Mitsuru Nakai, Akihiro Kumata

School of Information Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Tatsunokuchi, Ishikawa, Japan

In this paper a model-based approach for restoring a continuous fundamental frequency (F 0 ) contour from the noisy output of an F 0 extractor is investigated. In contrast to the conventional pitch trackers based on numerical curve-fitting, the proposed method employs a quantitative pitch generation model, which is often used for synthesizing F 0 contour from prosodic event commands for estimating continuous F 0 pattern. An inverse filtering technique is introduced for obtaining the initial candidates of the prosodic commands. In order to find the optimal command sequence from the commands efficiently, a beam- search algorithm and an N-best technique are employed. Preliminary experiments for a male speaker of the ATR B-set database showed promising results both in quality of the restored pattern and estimation of the prosodic events.

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Bibliographic reference.  Shimodaira, Hiroshi / Nakai, Mitsuru / Kumata, Akihiro (1997): "Restoration of pitch pattern of speech based on a pitch generation model", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 521-524.