Improvements on Automatic Speech Segmentation at the Phonetic Level

Autores UPV
Revista Lecture Notes in Computer Science


In this paper, we present some recent improvements in our automatic speech segmentation system, which only needs the speech signal and the phonetic sequence of each sentence of a corpus to be trained. It estimates a GMM by using all the sentences of the training subcorpus, where each Gaussian distribution represents an acoustic class, which probability densities are combined with a set of conditional probabilities in order to estimate the probability densities of the states of each phonetic unit. The initial values of the conditional probabilities are obtained by using a segmentation of each sentence assigning the same number of frames to each phonetic unit. A DTW algorithm fixes the phonetic boundaries using the known phonetic sequence. This DTW is a step inside an iterative process which aims to segment the corpus and re-estimate the conditional probabilities. The results presented here demonstrate that the system has a good capacity to learn how to identify the phonetic boundaries. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.