Odyssey 2016

The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop

Reducing Noise Bias in the i-Vector Space for Speaker Recognition

Yosef Solewicz, Hagai Aronowitz, Timo Becker
In this paper we develop a simple mathematical model for reducing speaker recognition noise bias in the i-vector space. The method was successfully tested on two different databases covering distinct microphones and background noise scenarios. Substantial reduction in score variability was attained across distinct evaluation conditions which is particularly important in forensic applications. Although originally designed for addressing additive noise, we show that under certain circumstances the proposed method incidentally alleviates convolutive nuisance as well.