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Improving Speaker Diarization by Cross EM Refinement

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Improving Speaker Diarization by Cross EM Refinement
In this paper, we present a new speaker diarization system that improves the accuracy of traditional hierarchical clustering-based methods with little increase in computational cost. Our contributions are mainly two fold. First, we include a preprocessing called “local clustering” before the hierarchical clustering algorithm to merge very similar adjacent speech segments. This local clustering aims to reduce the number of segments to be clustered by the hierarchical clustering, so as to dramatically increase the processing speed. Second, we perform a postprocessing called “cross EM refinement” to purify the clusters generated by the hierarchical clustering. This algorithm is based on the idea of cross validation and EM algorithm. Our experimental evaluations show that the proposed cross EM refinement approach reduces the speaker diarization error by up to 56%, with an average reduction of 22% compared to the traditional hierarchical clustering method.
Huazhong Ning, Wei Xu, Yihong Gong, Thomas S. Huan
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Type Conference
Year 2006
Where ICMCS
Authors Huazhong Ning, Wei Xu, Yihong Gong, Thomas S. Huang
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