InterSpeech 2021

Advances in integration of end-to-end neural and clustering-based diarization for real conversational speech
(3 minutes introduction)

Keisuke Kinoshita (NTT, Japan), Marc Delcroix (NTT, Japan), Naohiro Tawara (NTT, Japan)
Recently, we proposed a novel speaker diarization method called End-to-End-Neural-Diarization-vector clustering (EEND-vector clustering) that integrates clustering-based and end-to-end neural network-based diarization approaches into one framework. The proposed method combines advantages of both frameworks, i.e. high diarization performance and handling of overlapped speech based on EEND, and robust handling of long recordings with an arbitrary number of speakers based on clustering-based approaches. However, the method was only evaluated so far on simulated 2-speaker meeting-like data. This paper is to (1) report recent advances we made to this framework, including newly introduced robust constrained clustering algorithms, and (2) experimentally show that the method can now outperform competitive diarization methods such as Encoder-Decoder Attractor (EDA)-EEND, on CALLHOME data which comprises real conversational speech data including overlapped speech and an arbitrary number of speakers. By further analyzing the experimental results, this paper also discusses pros and cons of the proposed method and reveals potential for further improvement.