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Title: Analysis and prediction of acoustic speech features from mel-frequency cepstral coefficients in distributed speech recognition architectures
Authors: Darch, J
Milner, B
Vaseghi, S
Keywords: Acoustic speech features;Distributed speech recognition architectures;Mel-frequency cepstral coefficient;Hidden Markov models
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Acoustical Society of America
Citation: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 124(6), 3989 - 4000, 2008
Abstract: The aim of this work is to develop methods that enable acoustic speech features to be predicted from mel-frequency cepstral coefficient (MFCC) vectors as may be encountered in distributed speech recognition architectures. The work begins with a detailed analysis of the multiple correlation between acoustic speech features and MFCC vectors. This confirms the existence of correlation, which is found to be higher when measured within specific phonemes rather than globally across all speechsounds. The correlation analysis leads to the development of a statistical method of predicting acoustic speech features from MFCC vectors that utilizes a network of hidden Markov models (HMMs) to localize prediction to specific phonemes. Within each HMM, the joint density of acoustic features and MFCC vectors is modeled and used to make a maximum a posteriori prediction. Experimental results are presented across a range of conditions, such as with speaker-dependent, gender-dependent, and gender-independent constraints, and these show that acoustic speech features can be predicted from MFCC vectors with good accuracy. A comparison is also made against an alternative scheme that substitutes the higher-order MFCCs with acoustic features for transmission. This delivers accurate acoustic features but at the expense of a significant reduction in speech recognition accuracy.
Description: Copyright © 2008 Acoustical Society of America.
ISSN: 0001-4966
Appears in Collections:Electronic and Computer Engineering
Dept of Electronic and Computer Engineering Research Papers

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