Discriminative subspace modeling of SNR and duration variabilities for robust speaker verification

Na Li, Man Wai Mak*, Wei Wei Lin, Jen-Tzung Chien

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Although i-vectors together with probabilistic LDA (PLDA) have achieved a great success in speaker verification, how to suppress the undesirable effects caused by the variability in utterance length and background noise level is still a challenge. This paper aims to improve the robustness of i-vector based speaker verification systems by compensating for the utterance-length variability and noise-level variability. Inspired by the recent findings that noise-level variability can be modeled by a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) subspace and that duration variability can be modeled as additive noise in the i-vector space, we propose to add an SNR factor and a duration factor to the PLDA model. In this framework, we assume that i-vectors derived from utterances with comparable durations share similar duration-specific information and that i-vectors extracted from utterances within a narrow SNR range have similar SNR-specific information. Based on these assumptions, an i-vector can be represented as a linear combination of four components: speaker, SNR, duration, and channel. A variational Bayes algorithm is developed to infer this latent variable model via a discriminative subspace training procedure. In the testing stage, different variabilities are compensated for when computing the likelihood ratio. Experiments on Common Conditions 1 and 4 in NIST 2012 SRE show that the proposed model outperforms the conventional PLDA and SNR-invariant PLDA. Results also show that the proposed model performs better than the uncertainty-propagation PLDA (UP-PLDA) for long test utterances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-103
Number of pages21
JournalComputer Speech and Language
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2017


  • Duration variation
  • I-vector
  • PLDA
  • SNR mismatch
  • Speaker verification
  • Variational Bayes

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