Zero Phase speech representation for robust formant tracking. González, D. R., Solano, E. L., & Calvo de Lara, J. R. In 2014 22nd European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO), pages 1462-1466, Sep., 2014.
Zero Phase speech representation for robust formant tracking [pdf]Paper  abstract   bibtex   
In this paper we present a speech representation based on the Linear Predictive Coding of the Zero Phase version of the signal (ZP-LPC) and its robustness in presence of additive noise for robust formant estimation. Two representations are proposed for using in the frequency candidate proposition stage of the formant tracking algorithm: 1) the roots of ZP-LPC and 2) the peaks of its group delay function (GDF). Both of them are studied and evaluated in noisy environments with a synthetic dataset to demonstrate their robustness. Proposed representations are then used in a formant tracking experiment with a speech database. A beam search algorithm is used for selecting the best candidates as formant. Results show that our method outperforms related techniques in noisy test configurations and is a good fit for use in applications that have to work in noisy environments.

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