TITLE

Comparison of Two Methods of Voice Activity Detection in Field Studies

AUTHOR(S)
Lindstrom, Fredric; Ren, Keni; Li, Haibo; Waye, Kerstin Persson
PUB. DATE
December 2009
SOURCE
Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research;Dec2009, Vol. 52 Issue 6, p1658
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Purpose: To evaluate and compare the performance of 2 methods of voice activity detection (neck-attached accelerometer vs. binaural recordings) in field studies in environments where voice activity normally occurs. Method: A group of 11 healthy adults wore recording equipment during their lunch break. We used binary classification to analyze the results from the 2 methods. The output was compared to a gold standard, obtained through listening tests, and the probability for sensitivity (Ps) and false positive (Pf) was rated. The binary classifiers were set for consistent sensitivity of 99%; thus, the lower false positive rate would indicate the method with the better performance. Results: The neck-attached accelerometer (Pf = 0.5%) performed significantly (p < .001) better than the binaural method (Pf = 7%). Conclusion: The neck-attached accelerometer is more suitable than the binaural method for voice assessments in environments where people are speaking in close proximity to each other and where the signal-to-noise ratio is moderate to low.
ACCESSION #
47558473

 

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