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The (TNO) Speaker Diarization System for NIST Rich Transcription Evaluation 2005 for meeting data

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Author: Leeuwen, D.A. van
Institution: TNO Defensie en Veiligheid
Source:Proceedings Rich Transcription 2005 Spring Meeting Recognition Evaluation Edinbrugh, 84 - 92
Identifier: 15992
Keywords: Defence · speaker recognition · automatic speech recognition · speech


Abstract. The TNO speaker speaker diarization system is based on a standard BIC segmentation and clustering algorithm. Since for the NIST Rich Transcription speaker dizarization evaluation measure correct speech detection appears to be essential, we have developed a speech activity detector (SAD) as well. This is based on decoding the speech signal using two Gaussian Mixture Models trained on silence and speech. The SAD was trained on only AMI development test data, and performed quite well in the evaluation on all 5 meeting locations, with a SAD error rate of 5.0%. For the speaker clustering algorithm we optimized the BIC penalty parameter ë to 14, which is quite high with respect to the theoretical value of 1. The final speaker diarization error rate was