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Speaker Verification Using Acoustic and Prosodic Features

Author(s): Utpal Bhattacharjee | Kshirod Sarmah

Journal: Advanced Computing : an International Journal
ISSN 2229-726X

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 45;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Speaker Verification | Multilingual | GMM-UBM | MFCC | Prosodic Feature

In this paper we report the experiment carried out on recently collected speaker recognition database namely Arunachali Language Speech Database (ALS-DB)to make a comparative study on the performance of acoustic and prosodic features for speaker verification task.The speech database consists of speech data recorded from 200 speakers with Arunachali languages of North-East India as mother tongue. The collected database is evaluated using Gaussian mixture model-Universal Background Model (GMM-UBM) based speaker verification system. The acoustic feature considered in the present study is Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC) along with its derivatives.The performance of the system has been evaluated for both acoustic feature and prosodic feature individually as well as in combination.It has been observed that acoustic feature, when considered individually, provide better performance compared to prosodic features. However, if prosodic features are combined with acoustic feature, performance of the system outperforms both the systems where the features are considered individually. There is a nearly 5% improvement in recognition accuracy with respect to the system where acoustic features are considered individually and nearly 20% improvement with respect to the system where only prosodic features are considered.
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