Feature extraction based on perceptually non-uniform spectral compression for speech recognition

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Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationProceedings - IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems
Publication statusPublished - 2003


TitleProceedings of the 2003 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems
LocationImperial Queen's Park Hotel
Period25 - 28 May 2003


The power law of hearing used in approximating the loudness function has an exponent that decreases from about 0.3 for a narrow band tone to 0.23 for a broadband uniform-exciting noise. Exploiting this property of psychoacoustics of hearing, this paper proposes a new feature extraction method for robust speech recognition. In the method, larger energy compression is applied to broadband-like high frequency bands of the power spectrum of each frame, instead of a fixed compression for all frequency bands as in root cepstral analysis or PLP analysis. In addition, those sound segments having broadband characteristics are given larger compression as well, using frame energy as the measuring index. The scatter of feature vectors and the class discrimination of our new method for phonemes are compared against traditional feature extraction techniques. It is shown that the feature derived from the new scheme has smaller variation and better class discrimination than the traditional features. Significant improvement in recognition accuracy is also obtained, especially in very low SNR, under white noise environment.