Odyssey 2020

The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop

Linguistically Aided Speaker Diarization Using Speaker Role Information

Nikolaos Flemotomos, Panayiotis Georgiou, Shrikanth Narayanan
Speaker diarization relies on the assumption that speech segments corresponding to a particular speaker are concentrated in a specific region of the speaker space; a region which represents that speaker's identity. These identities are not known a priori, so a clustering algorithm is typically employed, which is traditionally based solely on audio. Under noisy conditions, however, such an approach poses the risk of generating unreliable speaker clusters. In this work we aim to utilize linguistic information as a supplemental modality to identify the various speakers in a more robust way. We are focused on conversational scenarios where the speakers assume distinct roles and are expected to follow different linguistic patterns. This distinct linguistic variability can be exploited to help us construct the speaker identities. That way, we are able to boost the diarization performance by converting the clustering task to a classification one. The proposed method is applied in real-world dyadic psychotherapy interactions between a provider and a patient and demonstrated to show improved results.